Thapelo Modiela (also known as “Speeka” – stylized as “SPeeKa”), is a Hip-Hop, Kwaito and House producer born and raised in Soweto (born in Diepkloof, raised in Protea Glen). Though he produce three different genres, it is Hip-Hop productions that have gained him a lot of attention on the underground Soweto music scene. he began producing in 2005, while in the 11th Grade in High School, after his father bought him his first Desktop Computer. After learning a few things in the producing craft, with no formal music training, his two best friends and him started a Kwaito group called “BloodHoundz”. It was during this period that he noticed that being a recording artist wasn’t really my strong point, and that his true passion was in making beats. After 3 years of constantly working on the craft (which subsequently led to me dropping out of college in 2007) he met recording artists W.A.R. Bandit, MaseVen, Axe-Ray, The Soil and Red Button. These are the artists who helped him find his true sound: a heavily Street, Kwaito, Boom Bap yet musical sound with influences from local and international producers such as D-Rex, Mdu Masilela, Mandla Spikiri, BattleKat, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Eminem and Timbaland. Most of hi beats are characterized by my heavy use of bass, which many have called “The Speeka Signature”.
He has also gone to win the Where is the Beef Rap Your Hood Challenge which earned him a free music video shot by OM Films