Luv Ur Hood - Mkhuhlu

The fourth of five annual instalments of Mpumalanga's flagship hip hop movement Luv Ur Hood kicked off a storm on October 1. The session, still themed Marope ra Maja saw hordes of emcees from this sprawling township coming out to trade verses and asset their position in the province's hip hop landscape.

Hosted at Snoepie's Bar by Community Radio Bushbuckridge's hip hop deejay Matt, tens of fans lounged their Saturday afternoon under the barrage of unadulterated verses.

New voices and rappers of note who surprised many through their talent includaed dreadlocked Eghemu Village native Ronza Wakhona, Blazin' Blaze, Two Spin, Peta, Royal Air, Trick Boyz and the Skwatta Gang crew.

As it has become custom the movement's founders Mr Hlompho 'Masta H' Lekhuleni and Khutso 'Katsuko' Malele were also there not only to increase patronage but to explain how the movement works. Masta H, who already has a record titled Marulaneng Mix tape Volume 1 blew the crowd to smithereens with his opening freestyle verse during the open mike. Katkop was compeering the event and dropping impromptu lines which robbed him of an opportunity to perform his anthem Ke Tswa Bush.

However, Crazy Doggz's Shogun C-well was at his best and so was Mr Doo (Yo Hip-Hop) who displayed his multilingualism by dropping rhymes in Xitsonga, Sepulana and SiSwati.

The organisers say that this year's closing session will go back to its spiritual home, Ga-Kabila car Wash on December, where they expect all emcees sourced from Acornhoek, Thulamahashe and Mkhuhlu to converge for a grand finale.

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