Mostwako is basically hip-hop performed in a mix of Setswana and Sesotho with our vernacular here and there. It is seen as a truly Southern African musical genre that you can only experience here. But, given how tribalism is so real, Motswako acts are seen as passing trends and only a handful can claim long-standing careers.
One of Motswako's former golden boys, Cassper Nyovest, took time out to appreciate the genre of Motswako on twitter saying the genre opened doors for many rappers but sadly isn't acknowledged as it should.
But he wasn't pointing fingers. Cassper finally acknowledged that he dropped the ball on the Motswako representation. The rapper received a lot of raised eyebrows when he started rapping in other languages like isiZulu, even though he came up through the Mostwako ranks.
The hitmaker said he was sad to realize that he's one of the artists that haven't given credit where it's due to the iconic music genre made popular by the likes of HHP, Morafe and Tuks among others.
Now, due to this lack of representation, many want to believe that the genre is dead. But Cassper isn't having that!
But many don't believe that Cassper's sudden respect for the genre is genuine. The rapper recently announced a Motswako collaboration with the man who goes by the Motswako Originator, Khuli Chana. It is rather convenient that this epiphany came through just as it's time to promote a new single.
Either way, let's hope this discussion permeates into local hip hop so we can get back to hearing more Motswako at a mainstream level.