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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Overtone is now booking a wide range of increadible Hip-hop/R&B artists for corporate events all over Southern Africa.

Contact us on overtone.co.za or mail bookings@overtone.co.za for booking options.


Overtone Artist bookings offers you some of the greatest names in the South African Hip-hop/Rap/R&B  scene. Contact us and lets get your event jumping.

IN A HIP -HOP OUTFIT or HIP-HOP BAND? - Register on Overtone for your free ARTIST page. Get booked for events all over Southern Africa. Register now on Overtone .


Hip Hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s due to widespread American influence. In 1985 hip hop reached Senegal, a French-speaking country in West Africa. Some of the first Senegalese rappers were M.C. Lida, M.C. Solaar, and Positive Black Soul, who mixed rap with Mbalax, a type of West African pop music. An early South African group was Black Noise. They began as a graffiti and breakdance crew in Cape Town until they started emceeing in 1989. South Africa’s apartheid government tried to ban rap due to its part in the struggle for the freedom of all races. The government made hip hop legal in 1993 allowing rap music on radio and television.

There also have been groups in Tanzania and other countries that emceed before 1989, although it is not very well known. During the late 1980s-early 1990s rap started to escalate all over Africa. Each region had a new type of style of hip hop. Rap elements are also found in Kwaito, a new genre based on house music which developed in South Africa in the 1990s. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_hip_hop]

Overtone Asks the Question:

Who is the BIGGEST South African HIP-HOP artist at the moment and WHY?

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