Catalyst heads East

Yoliswa Sobuwa

UITENHAGE-born hip-hop artist Monwabisi Jack, also known as Catalyst, who is recognised as one of the most versatile producers in Nelson Mandela Bay, is busy working on his debut album called The Great Eastern.

With this album, Jack, 27, is bringing lovers of the genre a new and original sound in South African hip-hop.

“This album reflects all the elements of the Eastern Cape province,” he said. “There is modern sound and indigenous elements.

“I have named it The Great Eastern because the Eastern Cape province has produced great leaders. I strongly believe I am one of the greatest artists to come from the Eastern Cape.”

Catalyst said he had already

recorded a song featuring Psyfo and MXO, also with Roger “Soulstar” and H20, who currently appear on the mixtape, Street Hype.

“I am going to release it for free online just to keep my supporters excited and patient for my album,” he said.

Jack produced most of the songs and is working closely with Zwai Bala.

“The songs have been recorded at my studio and also at the Bala brothers’ studio.”

He said that in addition to working with Psyfo, H20, MXO, Roger Soulstar and Zwai – he had worked with Loyiso Bala.

“It [the album] should be out before summer,” he said.

Jack is no stranger to the music industry as – apart from the Bala brothers – he has worked and produced for other well-established artists.

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