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Ndlulamthi’s New EP ‘The Substance’ is an Insightful Pep Talk to The Black Man

Cape Town lyricist Ndlulamthi explores the experiences and actions of black men, touching on survival, failure, disappointment and GBV in his new EP 'The Substance'.

Cape Town lyricist Ndlulamthi (also known as iNdlulamthi—a giraffe in IsiXhosa) recently blessed his followers with a new EP titled The Substance, a follow-up to his 2018 sophomore album Hard Livings. The Substance is yet another edutaining project by the revered orator who's known for sharing the adversities faced by black people in the townships of Cape Town in his music.

In The Substance, Ndlulamthi sticks to his specialty of addressing social issues through songs of discontent. He delivers his message using compelling storytelling skills and Xhosa raps focused on the harsh realities faced by the black working class, particularly black men.

The Substance sees Ndlulamthi engaging the listener in a 25-minute-long conversation about substantial issues—gratitude, disappointment and failure, and gender-based violence—focusing specifically on the unique experiences of a black man particularly in Cape Town townships.

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Ndlulamthi. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Watch Cape Town Lyricist Ndlulamthi Perform Songs From His Stellar Sophomore Album ‘Hard Livings’

Ndlulamthi performs and breaks down some songs from his album 'Hard Livings.'

Cape Town rapper and poet Ndlulamthi recently performed a few songs from his sophomore album, the masterpiece he released last year titled Hard Livings. The MC is one of several artists who have performed in the YouTube series, Smile Sessions. The show takes the same format as similar ones, such as JR's Feel Good Live Sessions and NPR Tiny Desktop Concert, where an artist performs a selection of songs in front of an intimate audience.

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