Featured artist: Dee Koala x Weekend Turn Up

This week’s featured artist is Dee Koala, all the way from Khayelitsha in the Mother City. We kicked it with her for a young 5 minutes for the DL on her vibe. Make sure you read all the way down to get our Dee Koala playlist!

Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way? 

Yes, they have because ekuqaleni (in the beginning) I used to rap in English. I had a full-on ep which was in English and then when I did a song called ‘Whuzet’, it was in what is known as “Tsosti taal” in Khayelitsha and it got more hype than the ep. 

How did you get started on the music scene?

I started writing in Grade 6 and I thought it was poetry but then I was like ‘Nah, poetry is too boring’, so I started rapping three years ago in 2016. I’ve been rapping since.

Other than music, what other interests do you have?

I’m a really good painter. I can dance to different genres of music. I don’t know if it’s a talent but I’m quick with memorizing songs and I’m really good with the lyrics of specific songs that I like. I think I’m a good stylist, but yeah I’m really good with clothes and I’m a bit funny sometimes *giggles*.

What colour would you consider your personality and why?

It would be, mmhh it would be turquoise , It would be turquoise because it’s a greenish, bluish colour so it is a bit calm and yeah I can be calm sometimes and I’m also very much bright and out there so it’s like the best of both worlds.

Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?

I don’t specifically see a person as a mentor but I do see them as inspiration, you know? Like for example Andile Dlamini – he’s inspired me in the sense of he was like really broke and he’s not a broke boy now but he managed to turn that concept into a living for himself. He believed in himself more than others believed in him. So it kind of made me ask myself, ‘What is my creative side?’ and that’s why I see him as inspiration.

Who are your top 3 favorite hip hop artists of all time?

Internationally it has be Kendrick Lamar and locally it has to be Mshoza and Shomadjozi. Yeah.

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Well, I never really plan things like this. My biggest goal is to be the first brand ambassador for Black Label because it’s unexpected for someone who looks like me. Secondly I’m very tiny and Black Label is a manly beer. Lastly, for the fact that there’s never really been a woman that stands in front of the camera with a Black Label and I want to break that scene and be like, ‘Hey, there’s girls who like this kind of beverage.’ Girls can actually be champions too because the label says “Championship Beer”, so why can’t it just say ‘Champions’?