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In Photos: Swaziland’s Biggest Hip-Hop Festival, Hipnotik

Check out a photo gallery of Swaziland's biggest hip-hop event, Hipnotik Festival 2017.

SWAZILAND–Hipnotik Festival, Swaziland’s biggest hip-hop music gathering, was for the first time a two-day event. The 2017 edition of the festival marked six years since it first started.


This year's line-up was stellar, offering a good balance between established and up-and-coming acts from across South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana and Mozambique.

Aside from the festival being disorganized, the artists on the line-up delivered their best performances. The likes of Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, Anatii, A-Reece, were the highlights of the event.

Earlier this year, we profiled Sakhile Nkambule, the founder of Swazi Jive Entertainment, the company behind the festival. He told us, among other things, about the festival's beginnings: "It was initially planned as my birthday celebration and, as we planned, it grew into this idea that we felt we needed to share with everyone.”

Check out our Hipnotik Festival 2017 below.

A-Reece. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Anatii. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

BigStar Johnson. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ByLwansta. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

DJ Sliqe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Ex Global. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Fifi Cooper. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Frank Casino. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Gigi Lamayne. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Adrienne Food and LO. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Major Leaugue DJz. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nadia Nakai. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

OkMalumKoolKat. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Oskido. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Priddy Ugly. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Pro. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Shane Eagle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Sho Madjozi. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Sjava. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

 

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