I don’t usually do this is what one usually says when one does things they usually do. Be it a question of overindulging with the old drink, convincing a relative stranger to undress or buying a gossip magazine. Things like that.
But I actually don’t usually do this
I don’t usually post things I didn’t scribble and photos I didn’t capture. But since this matter is very close to my heart I’d like to extensively quote Damian ‘Dplanet’ Stephens from Pioneer Unit paraphrasing Chuck D's message. Damian was one participant at the Public Enemy workshop yesterday in Cape Town. These workshops are part of the tour the crew is currently on. These are the new ten commandments - manifesto if you will – for the South African, and African, independent music scene. Or ‘10 Gems’ as he calls them.
01. Don’t be an ‘Afrimerican’ – don’t copy the US. Be proudly African
02. SA needs an infrastructure that supports local hip hop (DJs / radio / media / blogs)
03. Don’t let corporations (like MTV or Metro FM) dictate your musical / cultural agenda
04. Be accountable for the music you make – words are powerful and have consequences
05. Africa can be a global hip hop powerhouse if it chooses to be. Believe!
06. Embrace indigenous languages – that’s what makes us unique in the world
07. Focus on your live performance – your live show must kick your video’s ass
08. Groups or movements are more powerful than a single person. Be a team. Up your game!
09. Build strong networks in SA, and throughout Africa. Connect the continent
10. Confront difficult issues of race and inequality in South Africa – these are stories people need to hear
Original post from the Pioneer Unit site
Damian interviewed during the recording of Rattex EP Steets, Raps and Us.