AFRIKAANS hip-hop duo Earl Swartz, 24, and Agemi Arends, 23, enjoyed a successful performance at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), which ended in Oudtshoorn at the weekend.
The festival has become a major event on South Africa’s calendar over the past 18 years.
“The response we got from the fans was great. It is good to see that a lot of people do appreciate what we do. Some fans told us that they came all the way from George and Cape Town just to see us perform,” Swartz said.
The two are known for using bluetooth to distribute their mixtapes.
“Another thing that makes us popular is that we rap about things that are affecting our communities. Through our music we also highlight issues such as HIV/Aids and the importance of education,” Swartz said.
They already have seven mixtapes and a music video under the belt, and the year ahead will be a busy one for the Bloemendal youngsters.
They will be working with actor and singer Emo Adams on a production highlighting the problems in the northern areas.