Fresh sounds from a young EMC all the way from Durban. Showcasing his skill and craft in front of the mick and behind desk.
Best: Please introduce yourself?
Kraft ,real name Minenhle Dindi age 21, is an independent Rapper, Producer & Audio Engineer from Durban, Kwa-Mashu painting images of the city night life from a conscious perspective.
Best: What is your music background?
Kraft: I began rapping at the age of 14 and only started recording 3 years later in my first year of college. I have a diploma in Music Technology and Sound Engineering from Creative Arts College. I’m also a former member of a rap group called ‘Trap King$’.
Best: What does Hip-hop mean to you?
Kraft: Freedom of expression, Freedom itself cannot be found around us but is found within, it’s in our minds based on how we think and respond to everyday challenges. Hip Hop is the epitome of this expression and it has given me a voice to express myself in the best way I can and that’s through words.
Best: How is the Hip Hop scene in Durban?
Kraft: I think it’s at a great place right now, we have a lot of creatives representing the city on a national and international level who are actually reaching out to the scene, artists like Aewon Wolf and Sketchy Bongo are really making moves that will empower the Hip Hop scene in the long run, which will expose more talent from Durban to the music industry.
Best: Who are your musical influences?
Kraft: I’m influenced by specific traits to a great hand of musicians but over all my Hip Hop influences would be Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Common.
Best: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Kraft: It took me a year of trial and error to write my first well constructed rhyme and that was a special moment to me but
The first time I saw a jazz session live at Bat Centre (Durban, Harbor) was one of the most overwhelming musical experiences I ever had.
Best: What are your songs about?
Kraft: The songs are barely literal but my most recent songs are about ambition, lust, love and introspection, a story based in/on the city of Durban, the boy doesn’t get the girl in the end.
Best: Tell us more about the EP you dropped?
Kraft: It’s a 9 track EP titled ‘Stuck in the City’ I came up with this concept in 2015 at a night club in Durban with the outies. I felt like I was stuck in a loop of the same moments in different spaces and that epiphany alone helped me shape the theme of the EP. The EP features fellow Durbanites Supreme Fxbb, Bandz Hollywood and Tongaat’s finest talent LCM.
Best: What are your immediate music career goals?
Kraft: Creating a solid brand for myself and spending more time in the studio is where my head is at right now, I mean I would love to be apart of the ‘Back To The City Festival’ next year that would be sick.
Best: What are your long-term career goals?
Kraft: We speak things to existence but sometimes when you are too optimistic and loud enough for the neighbours, you can attract a lot of energy which can kill the drive so this is why I’m going to skip this question