The underground rap scene in Cape Town is really interesting as a new crop of future stars are quietly but consistently spilling out. Of the bunch though, Dee Koala is the most interesting.
Dee Koala talks about her life on her debut album and shares a few relatable stories with her most popular song, ‘Goni Gyel’ talking about gender based violence.
What makes her rap so striking is her delivery. It’s colourful and vibrating with life. The album, 4 The Khaltsha, is well worth a listen and it doesn’t have a dull moment.
Her lively persona comes through in the music and it is on the back of this that the entire album rests. Her song, “Msoon’wakho” is a fun little number in which she brags about being a level above you. It’s a confidence boosting song that will have you whistling triumphantly as you go about your day.
The conversational tone of her rap makes her easily accessible to newcomers to her music. Even on the ‘Goni Gyel’ song which is talking about something as sensitive as gender based violence, she still retains that lightness to her delivery even as she advises women to stab potential rapists
Her lyrics are simple, easy to understand and familiar and all of this is clear for all to see on the 4 The Khaltsha album.
Dee Koala has been getting some pretty serious attention recently and she has featured with some of the biggest hip-hop acts including Yanga Chief who featured her on his latest EP, Becoming a Pop Star.
If you’re in the mood for some great storytelling and versatile rap, then you should definitely give Dee Koala a listen.
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