Champagne69 and PatricKxxLee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Champagne 69: “If We Label Ourselves The New Wave, We Will Never Take A Step Forward To Being A Wave”

This is why the new wave duo Champagne69 aren't fans of the term "new wave."

Champagne69, J Molley, PatricKxxLee, Gator, The Big Hash, and a whole lot more are all prominent names in South Africa's new wave of hip-hop artists. You may or may not have heard the term "new wave" being thrown around when referring to the aforementioned artists.


But the duo Champagne69 are not the biggest fans of the term, however. One of the duo's members expressed this during their interview with The Sobering, one of South Africa's leading hip-hop podcasts.

He said:

"It's not that I hate it (the term 'new wave') entirely, but one thing I've come to understand is that if we label ourselves the new wave, we will be exactly that. We will never take a step forward to being a wave. Or just that generation of people that came up. I don't wanna blow up three times bro."

He continued:

"I would prefer to be called the mumble wave than the new wave. Then it's like the new wave, they coming, but the mumble wave is kind of giving that generation a character. Even if it's 'Braam Kids,' there's no time stamp to that."

Terminology wars aside, Champagne69 and the rest of the new wave are up to something. Red Bull recently hosted an event that celebrated some of the prominent names of the new generation. The new wave pack venues and never starve their fans, dropping new music and visuals like their lives depend on it.

Listen to the whole conversation between The Sobering and Champagne69 below, and be sure to subscribe to The Sobering on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


The Sobering Podcast S03E02 ft Champagne69 www.youtube.com

Check out Champagne69's latest music video below, and listen to their 2018 EP Army of 2wo underneath.


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And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

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