One of South Africa’s best young talents returns – talented Cape Town rapper KANYI MAVI features on UMSINDO, the second single from Saturday, Monday‘s debut album – ‘Irises’. Umsindo is a collaboration with Saturday, Monday; the solo project of London based Swedish DJ and producer Ludvig Parment.
Umsindo means wrath in Xhosa. Kanyi Mavi tells a story of a woman, trapped in an abusive relationship who one day ﬁnally snaps and decides to retaliate. Umsindo was released on all streaming platforms on Valentine’s Day.
Listen to “Umsindo” right here
Kanyi Mavi is a fire spitting emcee hailing from the township Gugulethu, in the mother city, Cape Town who raps in her native tongue, isiXhosa. She entered the scene in 2002 rapping in local open mic sets.
Since then she has shared the stage with international hip-hop artist Bahamadia, legendary producer 9th Wonder and lyricist,Rhapsody. She also opened for Mos Def at the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, who also listed her as one of his favourite rappers in South Africa. On the launch of her 2012 debut album called Iintombi Zifikile (The girls have arrived), she performed on stage with special guest, Lauryn Hill.
.In 2013, Kanyi was nominated for Best Lyricist, Best Newcomer and Best Female Awards (which she won) at the South African Hip Hop Awards. Kanyi, along with a number of South African and Swedish artist recorded, released and toured Sweden with a collaboration project called Kwaai- which won 2014 Manifesto Award for Best Rhythm. In 2016, Kanyi Mavi’s single , ‘Andizenzi ft Yakumbe’ was picked up by Hip Hop legend Chuck D’s radio show called, And You Don’t Stop.
The release of her 2017 single, ‘Ngqangqa’ once again has South African audiences on their toes and critics hailing her as one of the best rappers in South Africa. ‘This talented artist is arguably the best lyricist in South Africa. The rapper from Cape Town is a proficient writer with an impeccable storytelling ability. Her finesse is characterised by formidable flow and rhymes in her mother tongue. If dope is a description to go by, it’s an understatement.’ – Carlos Ncube for musicinafrica.net.
Apart from dropping dope bars, the young lyricist from Cape Town is highly conceptual. Her album called Iintombi Zifikile left hip-hop fans in awe.’ Mduduzi Nonyane for SundayWorld.co.za
‘Kanyiis one of the most prominent South African lyricists. Her guest verses alone put her in a league of her own.’ Sabelo Mkhambela for LiveMag.co.za Kanyi Mavi’s music focuses on social issues while her rhyme delivery, wordplay and killer flow make her a skilled emcee.
In 2018, Kanyi spent the year as part of a Swedish production by Medborgabandet working with artists such as Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Thomas Oberg( Bob Hund), Kristin Amparo and many other prominent musical and theatre performers on a political cabaret directed by Hugo Hansen. The highly successful production took over all main theatre stages around Sweden from Malmo and Stockholm to as far north as Lulea.
In 2019, Kanyi Mavi gears up for the release of her EPK entitled iGubu Lam (My drum),a drum based urban music project where she collaborates with Swedish producer, Ted Krotkiewski.