Known this dude from high school years , years later we met up at a radio station on our quest to jump the S.A rap scene. A decade later I have the honour to interview him and let him share his views on the hip-hop game and life in general. Known to the public as “Spaceman”; Diau “Spacemunna” Madish (SM) here is what he has to say.
BEST: Where are you from?
SM: I was born in a small village called GaMolapo, Zebediela but we kept between Limpopo and Gauteng.
BEST: Do your parents support your choice of music?
SM: Not at first but now they don’t have a choice.
BEST: who influenced your choice of music?
SM: No one, hip hop felt like the best way to express myself as a teenager then. And I’ve always wanted to express myself as a human being for as long as I could remember.
BEST: Who influenced your style?
SM: My style is forever evolving, so I pick up influences according to which ever stage I’m at in my life.
BEST: What hip-hop albums did you grow up listening to?
BEST: How long have you been in the hip hop scene?
SM: Whew…for a long time, over 10 years.
BEST: what would be your dream collaboration with any rapper or producer?
SM: I would like to rap on a Dr Dre track and locally I would like HHP and Tumi of Tumi from the Volume to jump on my new single that’s out now called Bumba Special. I’d like them to jump on the remix. That would be interesting…lol
BEST: How do you separate yourself from other artists?
BEST: In your rap or lyrics do your address any social ills that we are faced
with as a country?
SM: Bumba Special my single right now, deals with confidence and loving yourself no matter what you look like and generally hip hop talks about the experiences of the poet and my music deals with other social ills from my experience.
BEST: So are you what you rap about?
SM: Yes and no. Yes because art comes from within, out. But what’s out, can also influence what’s within.
BEST: What is your role or responsibility (if any) for being a vehicle for
SM: My responsibility as an artist is to express what I see in the world and hope that’s a catalyst for change, for a better society. My responsibility as an artist is to give a true reflection, may it be positive or negative.
BEST: So, what are your thoughts on the current state of the game In S.A &
SM: It’s exciting right now cause you can become successful doing any sub-genre of hip hop. So the game is in a good state.
BEST: Who do you think is a real game-changer in our music industry?
SM: The fans are the real game changers. They determine what platform the music is on, they determine who sells. They are the most powerful element in the equation.
BEST: I see on social media you busy Promoting what you call Bumba Special. What is #BumbaSpecial?
SM: It’s just one song for the heavy weights, so the big boys and big girls can get their shine on. What I mean by that is I celebrate the body type that doesn’t generally get celebrated in the media. Realizing that your beautiful no matter what you look like, that’s Bumba Special (hashtag).
BEST: Right now, who do you look up to?
SM: My father, as always.
BEST: Do you have you have any of your own songs in your favourite playlist?
SM: I’m a King that I did with DJ Lemonka, PO Box from Kwani Experience and my mother on the last verse, which you can watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDb3eJdLLUg it always reminds me of where I’m going.
BEST: Where can people get your music?
SM: They can get my music on my website http://spacemunna.com/
BEST: Are you on Twitter or Facebook?
SM: Yes I am, my twitter handle is @Spacemunnamusic on Facebook its Diau SpaceMunna Madisha or at Spaceman SpaceMunna and on instagram its Spacemunna