South African rapper wants to bridge gap between SA and Nam

03 Feb 2016 09:40am
By Kaipaherue Kandjii and Lydia Pitiri
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - Multi-award winning South African rapper ‘Khuli Chana’ has pledged to bridge the gap between the Namibian and the lucrative South African music industry.
The musician, whose real name is Khulani Morule, aims to do so by collaborating with local musicians.
He told Nampa in an interview here on Saturday that intelligent collaborations are what get African music ahead.
“Recently I worked with Nigerian artist Patoranking on a song titled ‘Fire’ and it was number one on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) music charts, and so far Paradox from Namibia have my attention. I look forward to meeting them and working on another hit song,” said Morule.
Khuli Chana was in Windhoek over the weekend to perform at the second annual Hip-hop and Sneakers Festival. He performed alongside fellow South African hip-hop artist Gigi Lamayne.
Asked about the popularity of Namibian music in South Africa, he said thanks to The Dogg, whose real name is Martin Morocky, they are getting to know more about Namibian music.
He made reference to the multiple accolades Kwaito sensation ‘The Dogg’ has bagged at the Channel O music awards over the years.
“We as South Africans are not exposed to Namibian music. But I respect The Dogg, and kudos to him for putting Namibia on the map. I would love to meet him, and possibly work on something.”
Having reached a milestone in his career, the ‘Hape La Hape’ hitmaker urged musicians and artist to be innovators and go against the well-worn path of music by all means necessary.
“I have a friend from (the Democratic Republic of) Congo, and one can say he literally walked all the way from the Congo to South Africa, because he survived the worst you can imagine.
“But thanks to his bravery and boldness; he is a successful musician in South Africa today, so sometimes you have to be really, really brave,” said Morule.
Born and raised in Mmabatho in north-west South Africa, Morule attended DP Kgotleng Primary School along with fellow hip-hop luminary Jabulani Tsambo (HHP), and matriculated at Batswana Commercial Secondary School.
Morule noted that despite his passion and success as a musician, the importance of an education cannot be over emphasised.
“If you love music and it makes you happy then go for it, and change the world by touching people’s lives and hearts, but I have been around for some time now and I can confidently say, education is key as much as I would advise you to always love what you do,” he said.
Morule often refers to himself as a “big picture thinker” and believes that success is the ability to think beyond limitations, and matching oneself against such thoughts.
“For me, I always measure success by how big someone thinks. I am a big picture thinker and through that I found myself and my own identity, and re-created myself through my art as a musician,” he noted.
In April 2011 Morule released his first studio album titled ‘MostwakOriginator’, which has since gone on to achieve huge success.
The three-time South African Music Award (SAMA) award-winning rapper won his first international award at the African Muzik Magazine Award (AFRIMMA) which was held in Dallas, Texas, USA as “Best Male Southern African” artist.
He is now dubbed the face of hip-hop in South Africa.
Morule was also nominated for the Best International Act at the Black Canadian Awards in February 2014 and has opened for household names like Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar.
“Through that I overcame my biggest fear of loneliness. Initially I wanted to release just that one album to prove that I am the best, and revert back to school but it became a big success and I had to keep on going,” he said.