Hip hop duo’s star is on the rise as dream continues despite challenges

Ashwin Bens aka Richie Bens (left) and Thulani Mpisane aka Ras Thulani, together known as ‘Hip-Hop Mzansi’.

DESPITE the tough circumstances life has thrown at two hip hop artists, Ashwin Bens (Richie Bens) and Thulani Mpisane (Ras Thulani), together known as ‘Hip-Hop Mzansi’, they have not let go of their dream of making music with a good message.

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Since the Herald featured the two artists in December last year, they have recorded 20 tracks together and one of their tracks titled ‘Lady Africa’ has featured in the Ugu Youth Radio’s Top 30 countdown show for 13 weeks.

The song is also currently playing on Lotus FM.

Thulani still works as a car guard on Margate beachfront, and one will see ‘Ras’ with his headphones on, practising his rapping moves while keeping a beady eye on the parked cars.

Richie moved from Margate and went to work in Harding for a few months and then got a position to work as a team leader in a call centre closer to home in Marburg.

However the pair have big plans.

They will start performing from next month and plan to work with the principal of Westbury College where there are bigger studios.

“We are excited to go do some musical work in Jo’burg but we first want to wave up the South Coast and move with that motion,” said Ashwin.

He said their passion has grown daily – ‘like an energy that just wants to explode, like our flesh can pop’. “This work I truly believe has been ordained by God and our music is so deep that it will make the ocean drown,” he added.

Follow Richie Bensz on twitter – @richie777bens or contact him at 064 2822892.


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Shona Aylward

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