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  • Subterrâneo Records presents Impepho, a new single by Trap Funk & Alivio featuring Morena Leraba and Mankind

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    Following the release of their first single Lithebera, Morena Leraba’s collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Kashaka has opened other doors, leading to another collaboration where he’s featured together with Mankind, from Johannesburg South Africa on a new single, Impepho (meaning incense in Zulu language) by Trap Funk & Alivio from Salvador, Brazil. Impepho, an inter-continental collaboration between artists from South America and Africa, was produced in Salvador, Brazil, recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa and mastered in Brooklyn, New York, and features on a new album, Armadilha, by Trap Funk & Alivio. The collaboration is an initiative of Subterrâneo Records, an independent label based in Brazil, as they were looking for potential features for their upcoming projects and Kashaka (from Off-Record Music in Brooklyn), having worked with Morena Leraba previously, introduced the Lesotho-based rapper. Felipe Pomar and Frederico Santana, having a common taste in music, formed Subterrâneo Records in 2003. “Their idea was that of putting together a music production label, a space where artists would meet for the will to make music without commercial confines and free from the pressure of the music market. Thus, Subterrâneo Records appeared,” says Pomar. Morena Leraba and Mankind paths met at J&B Hive in Johannesburg, South Africa during a documentary screening, “Morena Leraba: Blending Our Stories with Modern Sounds” by Blacknation Video Network (BNVN), where they both performed. “Mankind opened the stage for me in Johannesburg. I listened to his music when Thulasizwe Similane of Blacknation Media was in Lesotho to shoot his film on my music and our lifestyle as shepherds. I was charmed by his music and energy.” “However, seeing perform live was something else and after the event, we decided to collaborate with the group from Brazil,” Morena Leraba states. Mankind, whose real name is Tswelopele Tsotetsi, is an upcoming rapper from Emalahleni, formerly known as Witbank in South Africa. He became the icebreaker of Blacknation Music after his then manager Thulasizwe Similani noticed his talent and energy. Currently the rapper is making waves in Johannesburg and across Africa. “We started that in 2013, which is when we work on my first project, Give me the Tender. It was a 5 track EP. It was well received online too. That’s how it all began,” says Mankind. “My collaboration with Trap Funk & Alivio and Morena Leraba actually opened my eyes and I realized we can merge our creativity even if we’re from different backgrounds. We can literally unite the world through music,” he adds. According to Pomar, Impepho is actually a beginning; hence, going to further other collaborations with Morena Leraba and Mankind in the future and as a group, Trap Funk & Alivio is planning to come to South Africa. Mankind’s upcoming collaborations include Stilo Magolide, Palm Tree Paradise and Gemini Rudebouy Major. He joined Stilo on his “Tropicana Tours” in 2016 and he recorded his upcoming album with the Red Bull Studios in Cape Town. Morena Leraba’s future projects include features with DJ Spoko and Andre Geldenhuys (from BeatLords). He’s also featured on Spoek Mathambo’s upcoming album. Other possible collaborations include Zetina Mosia and FAKA, artists from South Africa. Morena Leraba’s EP with Kashaka is also underway and will be released soon.
  • MANKIND – LIVING MESSIAH (AUDIO)

    Mankind SA
    MANKIND, Blacknation Music artist flew down to Cape Town to record few tracks at the Red Bull Studios, “Living Messiah” is the new single from the project that is dropping 2017. Please listen and give feedback. #BlacknationMusic #MankindMelodies
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents MANKIND

    Mankind SA
    Mankind Blacknation Music Artist Explains The New Single “Living Messiah” and going through Depression.
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents MANKIND (RADIO INTERVIEW)

    Mankind SA
    Watch Mankind Interview at VOW FM (Voice of Wits) talks about collaboration with Stilo Magolide, Gemini Rudebouy Major and new single “Living Messiah”
  • Mankind Performing Live at Skyline Club

    Mankind SA
    Check what went down this past week at Skyline during Mankind performance with Stilo Magolide. Much love and respect to big bro Tropicana JIIG. Blacknation Music is coming for everything 2017.
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents STILO MAGOLIDE

    Stilo Magolide
    Stilo Magolide​ Talks Working With Mankind, The Blacknation Music Artist. PHOTO: Youth Village
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents MBE MBHELE

    Mbe Mbhele
    Mbe Mbhele​ got expelled at Wits University and wrote a book “Crazy father and other very short lies” We spoke about Education, Politics and #FeesMustFall PHOTO: Wits Vuvuzela
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents PALM TREE PARADISE – P1, 2, 3 & 4

    Palm Tree Paradise
    Palm Tree Paradise is a South African hip hop music group consisting of six members. They all originate from Durban, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal. They are most known for major debut single “Unbelievable”
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents CAT FAP (SETH PIMENTEL)

    Seth Pimentel
    CAT FAP is a Creative, illustrator, Game design student, Realist, Lover of fashion, deep within the street culture and people centered.
  • BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents DALE STEPHEN STRIME

    Dale Stephen Strime
    Founder and Creative Director for streeks. A BORN HOOLiGAN is a local streetwear brand that challenges the status quo by taking the streets main stream and making main stream feel streets. streeks is based on local flavour combined with international styling. We create all our own patterns and silhouettes which are all produced and manufactured here in South Africa. Photo: TimeLIVE

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