There is a lot of talent out on these streets, where younger artists are more than what meets the ear.
On ‘Unearthed’ we feature a young artist who are doing a lot to secure their future in both music and academia at times.
Meet Lumakii, music has always been in his life as a child growing up, he has a background in Isichathamiya, Gospel Music, Djing and now he is currently making Hip-Hop music with his latest single “Be Alright”.
We asked him 9 random questions, and this is how it went.
Who is Lumakii?
Lumakii is a musical artist. I don’t like being called a Hip-Hop artist, because I am passionate about music.
When you’re not making music, what are you doing?
I am a journalist, so I write articles and mess around with other people’s business.
How long have you been making music?
I started doing music professionally in 2013, but I wasn’t even aware that I was in it so deep. Everyone at home is like a musician in their own way. My dad did music professionally, he worked closely with people like Bhekumuzi Luthuli, everyone from my mom’s family had a gospel group and they we great, that is when I started feeling that music is for me. I then started listening to people like Meek Mil, The Game, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Z – I got to listen to them closely and from there I started doing hip hop till now.
Do you remember your first song, and would you want people to hear it?
No way! I remember that song was a combination of many verses that I had mashed together, back then all the songs I was vibing to, I had to pick some stuff out and then make my own song. Trash! It would be cool for people to know where I’m coming from.
Who do you look up to, musically?
In the world of entertainment, people do things that you like and some things that you don’t like, so it is hard to say I look up to one guy because if I were to do some research on them, I’m always going to find something I don’t like or I am against. However, I look up to Jay [Z], In the industry musically or business wise, I look up to Jay. Then it is Meek, and locally it’s got to be AKA, I know who what a lot of people think about him, but I look up to him.
How has music changed your life?
In Many ways, I think music made me find it easy to understand other people’s pain or issues. I feel like through music you are able to tell the space where someone is in or is at, emotionally or spiritually. You can also tell by listening to their music or music in general that this person was feeling a certain way.
What is your latest song about?
That song is about someone you’ve got time for. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship or something like that Just when you have a vibe with someone, and they feel like they are in a bad space and they decide to leave, hoping that they can come back and try build the same vibe again. You came into their life when they were not ready for you. Basically, on the song I am saying, by the time you come back, I’ll be good. If you bounce, bounce, don’t think you can come back and feel the same energy.
What sets you apart from the other people in the game?
What I know, from where I come from and the things that I have seen in the industry, I have learnt so many things. I had a period in my life where I studied the game and how it works. I have learnt how to behave, how to be a person and an artist at the same time cause a lot of us out her get lost with the fame or the coolness but I am preparing myself that whenever I reach that level, I am totally aware of how easy it is to get lost in the crowd and fail to come back.
Where can people get your music?
iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, Google Play, Soundcloud, Audiomack, SlikourOnlife
Check him out on socials @Lumakii_SA on Twitter and Instagram and LumakiiSA on Facebook.