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#SAHHA2019 Producer of the Year Nominees

The 2019 South African Hip-Hop Awards are upon us and the nominees have just been announced! Naturally, as Beat Makers Market, we had our eye on one category in particular; the Producer of the Year. The competition is tough this year with four exceptional hit makers up for the coveted prize. Two-time winner Gemini Major is up for yet another Producer of the Year award this year. Also in the race is Kwesta’s go-to maestro and previous nominee, Makwa along with another previous nominee Zoocci Coke Dope and first time nominee 808x. The award ceremony takes place on the 20th of November 2019 at the Gold Reef City Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. May the best beats win!

#BeatTapeOfTheWeek: @a97_AP – “97% Used” Beat-Tape

In this week’s edition of #BeatTapeOfTheWeek, we bring you one of the most unique beat-tapes we’ve ever heard. “97% Used” is a beat-tape from Cape Town-based beat maker  a97 (who also goes by the alias AP when producing Gqom). The beat maker flexes his versatility on this tape, as he takes us on a sonic journey that explores Trap, Gqom, Boom Bap and Kwaito. Another unique aspect of the beat-tape is the titles of the beats – the 9 track titles form the sentence “This Is Basically What I Do On A Daily”. a97‘s versatility is worth taking note and it definitely makes him one to look out for on these music production streets. Check out a97‘s “97% Used” beat-tape here.

X-Wise Drops New Single: #FADA (ft. Zakwe, MPK, Frank & Mzulu)

X-Wise, the Durban-based producer of the South African Music Award winner for 2019 Remix of the YearSebentin” (Remix) by Zakwe alongside MusiholiQ, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, Blaklez, and the late greats HHP and PRO, just dropped a new single titled “Fada“. The spiritual banger features his frequent collaborator Zakwe and relative newcomers MPK, Frank and Mzulu. Could this be a teaser to a possible full-length project from the highly talented maestro? Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, check out the track below…

#BeatTapeOfTheWeek: BSS – The Baby Huey Tribute Tape

The Beats, Samples & Soundpax (or BSS) movement is a WhatsApp group consisting of experienced and up and coming beat makers and producers, who share tips on everything from the technical side of music production, to the business side. The movement is also at the forefront of keeping the beat-tape culture alive and well, and the flame continues to burn with their latest offering. The Baby Huey Tribute Tape pays homage to late American rock and soul singer James Thomas Ramey (known professionally as Baby Huey) with banging and soulful beats from beat makers Vinceblack, Beat Mochini, FulSkillaKilla, Don Lebzotic, Baatseba The Soul Queen and more. Check it out below…