Driemanskap Finally Release Their Long-Promised Sophomore Album ‘Hlala Nam’

The Cape Town hip-hop crew release their sophomore album, 10 years since their classic debut.

Driemanskap have finally released Hlala Nam, their sophomore album which they have been teasing for years. The 20-track project arrived last week, and features YoungstaCPT, King Kosh, Haem-O and several others.


The four-man Cape Town crew (Redondo, Ma-B, Dla and El Nino) maintain their raw street-centric sound and lyricism on Hlala Nam. Songs like "Uhambo," "Things We Do For Love" and "Champion," among others, with their trap-leaning production, reveal a crew that's not reluctant to experiment with other sounds.

The first original single to Hlala Nam, "Izulu Lelam" was released in 2012 while the crew was still signed to the label Pioneer Unit. The album was shelved when the crew parted ways with the independent label shortly after the release of "We Are Not the Same," their 2014 single, which featured the rapper iFani. Driemanskap signed a deal with Native Rhythms in 2015 to release the Journey of a Soldier EP in the same year.

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Driemanskap is one of the biggest hip-hop outfits in Cape Town. They rose to prominence in the 2000s and would go on to release their classic debut album Igqabhukil' Inyongo in 2009.

On Hlala Nam, Driemanskap didn't try to recreate their cult classic, opting instead to experiment with different sounds and styles. For instance, the song "Ndakondla" will take fans by surprise as the crew trade the bars for melodies in what could become your favorite wedding-style song this year. But their rappity rap sensibilities are never lost. Peep the cypher they kick on "Cypher with Sjava (Skit)," which precedes the bar fest that is the previously released YoungstaCPT-assisted single "Give a Wh?T."

Only time will tell if Hlala Nam will make a reasonable impact and restore confidence on Cape Town's staggering hip-hop scene.

Stream Hlala Nam below and/or buy it here.



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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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