It’s that time again when we get in sync with one of your favourite SACHH artists. Today we catch up with rapper, producer and conceptualist Claude. We discuss content, production and the heart behind it all; Christ.
Rap understood me. It vocalised my silence, colourfully painted with impeccable strokes my internal construct. It simplified my complexity to me…. Give us feeling, smell, colour, touch, taste. Touch all the six senses a human being has in all your songClaude Qongwana
Claude Qongwana is a multifaceted individual. He has done artist management, songwriting and rapping but now he is mainly focused on producing. He is one of the two producers at RCMMG (#CreativelySound) “Radical Creative Music & Media Group (Pty) Ltd known to most as RCMMG – a conceptualizing company in the music and media spheres. “Since 2016 we have quietly gotten involved in different projects with various businesses, creatives and companies. From graphic designing to events, music production for artists and films we pride ourselves in being Creatively Sound. We operate in East London and in Pretoria, and ours is to create platforms for others.”
A collective heart of ministry is imperative. The strides made from the start are commendable.Claude Qongwana
Teacher_Claude’s musical influences include a diverse array of music maestros including Steve Jablonsky, Blake Neely, Mozart, Black Knight, Lindsey Stirling, Ezer, Emanuel Lambert and Beethoven just to mention a few. He is currently working with who he says is one of the best musicians/producers one could ever find on the planet; Ezer. “A few people that would be cool to work with though are Allan.P, DenWade and Odwa. Allan.P is crazily passionate, and his lyrical content keeps growing. DenWade’s commitment to his art, skill and craft is inspiring. Odwa is really, really-really dope producer.” One of the SA CHH artists he listens to is Keagan Holland, “the kid is incredible. He is willing to learn and he keeps on improving himself both as rapper and producer. The Gospel is at the core of his work. With him, it’s not a front, its real. He is living his TRUTH the Gospel,” shared Claude.
“Growing up my household always played different genres, styles and types of music. But at the time rap and hip hop appealed to me. Musically it was not that deep for me but there was something about the way rappers played with words, phrases and how they would say so many things in a few bars. As an introvert and observer, and one who internalises; rap understood me. It vocalised my silence, colourfully painted with impeccable strokes my internal construct. It simplified my complexity to me.” The content is key in CHH, no questions about that. “But the beat must equally great. With an incredible beat and content, as a rapper, you need a really great flow, skill, wordplay and phrasing. Give us a feeling, smell, colour, touch, taste. Touch all the six senses a human being has in all your song,” Claude explains furthermore that the basics should be guarded like an FBI classified case; creativity, simplicity, mixing and mastering are to be taken seriously.
“I enjoy using sounds that aren’t given much attention and making something incredible with them. The kicks and snares from the old school rap and hip hop scene with the subliminal sounds used in movies and films. We also love to anticipate future sounds and use them. I basically strive to, intentionally, create what is in my hearts and minds. Something that is not trending and also not done. What is the pointing of doing what is and/or has been done?” Because RCMMG is a conceptualising company Claude reads a lot, he spends hours on the phone with his business and watches a lot of films. Apart from that and his 9 to 5, he is at home with family. “Oh I enjoy researching different things for different reasons,” added Claude. There are a few different projects RCMMG is currently working on, one of them being a release from an upcoming vocalist and established saxophonist, Shaylynne Smith. “I cannot say when the projects will be coming out nor can RCMMG. When the company knows, I will know.”
Claude remarks that SA CHH is a growing platform! “A collective heart of ministry is imperative. The strides made from the start are commendable. We made mistakes along the way and we are still making and going to continue making them. But we learn. SACHH is becoming a home.” He added that he believes it was a collective contribution to make SA CHH what is today, “even though we’ve had Last Days Fam, Dany Vambili, Blaque Nubon in the early 2000s. There are rappers most know nothing about like Masindi.P back in the 90s.” He suggests we be on the lookout for Allan.P, “the dude is incredibly amazing.”
I am looking forward to new blood, new visionaries like Keagan Holland and El Tribus. More than a heart for ministry we all, each, need a heart for our Saviour. From the days of Issachar, to Last Days Fam, then Living Legacy and now El Tribus, the baton has been carried incredibly.Claude Qongwana
“Christ comes before ministry. Ministry before music! Your personal life comes before your ministry and music. Your focus must be on Christ Jesus first. Simply put, it’s Christ, yourself, your family, others, church, music. Every artist, be it a producer or rapper; you submit to Christ (the Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit), you submit to your family, you submit to your home church, you serve through your music,” encourages Claude. Connect with him on social media platforms @teacher_claude and their company @RCMMG_SA. Look out for that new-new on all things SACHH right here.
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