Timeline is our new essay based show that aims to look at the culture around fashion and music in South Africa. We give you facts about the importance as well as impact of some of our well known and sometimes obscure taste makers.
On the first episode of Timeline, we look at how Dirty Paraffin solidified the New Age Kwaito movement. And the litany of artists they have inspired with their unconventional take on the genre.
Dirty Paraffin consists of Okmalumkoolkat (Smiso Zwane) and Dokta SpiZee (Zamani Xolo). The electro-rap duo are best known for their singles Papap! Papap!, Primusloop (Primustof) and Drip Dry. The duo gained prominence in the early 2010’s after having met in 2006. They caught our attention with their genre bending tendencies and how they were unapologetically South African.
“The key Dirty Paraffin ingredients are French electro, their own Zulu culture, west African and east African music, an infectious sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd details of SA city life”, according to an article in Dazed.
Perhaps the most captivating thing about Dirty Paraffin is how they have made rapping in your language cool again.
“We feel like our music is going to instil a lot of confidence to a lot of kids. ‘Cause a lot of kids growing up feel like you’ve got to sound at least American (to be taken seriously). We’re lucky, we’re in South Africa, we’re considered third world but we think we’re in a first world country. People don’t know that we’ve got so much reference. Because when we started it was just based off on nostalgia”, Okmalumkoolkat says.
Check out the video and let us know what you think.