We Believe The Hype: Darkie Fiction is up next & bringing authentic South African sounds from yesteryear

We have to admit, we’ve been sleeping and we’re caving in, caving into buying into the heavy hype surrounding South African music duo, Darkie Fiction. Now please, understand this, this hype we speak of is the normal hypebeast, bandwagon-riding type of hype, it is the kind of hype that is warranted and well-deserved. Any South African act that is brave enough to proudly and fearlessly champion authentically black ideas, aesthetics and schools of thought is important.

The rapper-singer duo was formed in Cape Town in 2017 by Katt Daddy and Yoza Mnyanda, and has gone on to take on the South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, with hopes to advance their careers. Although they be seen as an act that plays around the alternative and niche category, what they do and the messages they communicate through their art can easily speak to young people of colour in Mzansi. Oddly enough as much the group is pushing an authentic representation of black South African youth, it may take a while for South Africans to catch on to their ground-breaking concepts. However, the world is watching and hungry to hear their voice and they are likely to follow the footsteps of acts like FAKA, Spoek Mathambo, Muzi, Nakhane and Yugen Blakrok, who receive much of their claim overseas.

We have no doubt that they are well on their way to breaking into the international music space. With musical muses such as the likes of Brenda Fassie, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Steve Kekana, TKZee and Boom Shaka, they can do no wrong. They fuse kwaito, afro-funk, neo-soul and hip hop to create a truly progressive sound – one that is only unique to them.

Watch the video for their 2017 released single, ‘Selula’.

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