“Thesselo411 Meets” takes some time to interview different personalities making an impact in their community for Christ in their different talents, gifts and capacities, asking them a series of questions about themselves and their art-form. This week, we meet Mbabane based Artist/Poet, Husband (to Mrs Skeel) and Minister Sakhile “Skeel” Simelane.
“I was certain that in the horizon a magazine awaits for me. I did my research, spoke to a few Journo-Baes. The reality : our market is not ready for it and the production is expensive. So, I toyed around with a lot of possible solutions, and got stuck at ‘create a YouTube channel.’ For an entire year, I was second guessing etc, but here we are…”
– Faith Mngometulu Simelane
“If Sin is like a a drug, the world is the traphouse withouse Christ, your is gonna black-out”, these are the intro lyrics to the recent banger by Skeel x Calliber entitled “RELEASE[d]”. This week saw the duo drop the visuals for this amazing track as well as the song went on to reach no. 2 on the Eswatini Weekly Chart Show hosted by DJ Lindz and DJ Tizalami.
Skeel and Calliber are set to release a Music Video for their collaborative piece entitled “Release[d]”. Calliber hinted that there is a snippet of the video Skeel is about to be released to the public and we cannot wait!
Samkeliso Magagula, also renown in music circles by the moniker “Calliber The Berean Emcee” has announced a new musical project is on the way entitled “War Cry”
Skeel released a double dose of music on the 11th of August which so happened to the artist birthday as well as the same date the artist hosted his momentous show “Stainless Skeel” last year. Interestingly enough both pieces are strikingly different from one another as Skeel was exercising his artistic capacities in showing two different sides to his craft; poetry as well as rap. One is a poetic rendition over deep instrumentation with the main theme deliberately concealed until the end whilst the other a track, is an upbeat turn-up/trap piece reflecting on the never ending love of God.
ESwatini DJ, DJ 1D has released a new track featuring Christian rap artists Skeel and Switch as well as Pastor Ntokozo. The track was released on the 1 of July 2018
South African gospel artist, Bheka Mthethwa, has just released visuals for the song “Gelekeqe” on YouTube this week. The piece features Eswatini’s very own Skeel and it was a part of Bheka Mthethwa’s project: “Supernal Sounds”.
World Vision selects 2 Christian Rap artists: Skeel and Switch as campaign Ambassadors
Recently, Pastor Emmanuel and the RED Foundation hosted the “RED HIP HOP EXPERIENCE” at the Liberty Community Hall in Manzini on the 24th of February. The event was geared as a platform to showcase Christian Rap acts in the Kingdom of Swaziland as well table issues regarding the perception of Christian Hip Hop and its role in the local church as a tool of evangelism and ministry.