LOCAL musical duo HearDBoiX (pronounced herd boys) has revealed they have produced for a number of South African Music Awards (SAMA)-winning artistes among whom are Pepsi, Proverb, Khuli Chana and Mo Molemi.
HearDBoiX, shortened HDBX, consists of Ts’epo Nkopane from Thetsane who goes by the stage name Barakus and Masupha Molapo from Machache, who uses the moniker M(uzi)k.
This week Barakus revealed that HDBX is behind some of the SAMA award-winners’ productions.
“We can proudly say we have produced for DJ Pepsi, Proverb, Khuli Chana and Mo Molemi, to name a few, who are among the list of SAMAs award winners,” Barakus said.
“We also co-published Maleh’s Tselane which features D2a-Majoe’s Kommanda Obbs.
“Maleh is a Lesotho–born songstress who won Best Female Singer at the SAMAs.”
According to Barakus, music was their passion from a tender age, which was nurtured by family, friends and the communities they grew up in.
“Our experiences, be it personal or otherwise, are depicted in our music. Some are good and some are bad and shameful to say the least,” he said.
M(uzi)k and Barakus have song writing and production credits on Tax Free by Mr Maps. M(uzi)k is the executive producer of Kommanda Obbs presents Tsépe while Barakus featured on Haueeng Banna, a track on the Tsépe album.
M(uzi)k is currently applying the finishing touches to his upcoming dance album Mora Noka and recently completed the album After School by Profresher KT of Motswako. Barakus’ solo album Inglorious Barsted fuses Hip Hop and Skupu sa Mamela, a version of kwaito.
HDBX has also dropped a nine-track compilation HDBX (Mamela 6-Pack Series), a fusion of various genres, with deep elements of RnB. Although it is described as a six-track album, there are nine songs including a bonus track by Profresher KT off his Mogote EP.
Khale, track-three on the album, celebrates Sesotho music as a pioneer of fusing rhythm and poetry. The track suggests that Basotho have been rapping before the inception of rap music in the United states.
Other outstanding tracks are C’est la vie — about an ex-girlfriend and the pain of losing a loved one. It speaks of shaking off the past to move on with one’s journey of life.
Atamela, speaks about meeting the woman of one’s dreams and a celebration of how kings melt queens’ hearts making them fall for their charm. HDBX is among the performers entertaining soccer fans at the Maseru Mall Fan Fest which will run throughout the course of the FIFA World Cup.