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Robin Thirdfloor: Somdanger

A fierce and relentless display of home-town nostalgia.

16 Nov 2016 / Opinion, Review / written by Timothy Kohler

Hot off one of South Africa’s biggest hip hop festivals Back To The City attracting around 25 000 people this year alone, Umlazi-born-and-bred hip hop, kwaito songsmith Robin Thirdfloor, aka Simphiwe Nyawose, has yielded a sinister, infectious and unperturbed piece of work. Effortlessly enforcing Durban hip hop onto the map, the 23 year old BCom graduate hasn’t stopped pursuing music since turning 13. After an innocent challenge to step up to the plate and write his own material, It doesn’t look like Nyawose’s going anywhere.

In his latest offering, Robin Thirdfloor fabricates a listener’s trip of a particularly vicarious and nostalgic nature. Exploring and elaborating on various facets of his hometown, ‘Somdanger’, defined as slang for a fearless maverick, unrelenting to the world which surrounds him, encompasses a juxtaposition of piercing melodies alongside bass-drenched, enthralling synths.

Perhaps unintentionally, the sinister ‘Sondanger’ incorporates components which appear engulfing in their own rights, as if Nyawose’s carefully-constructed, individual elements feed off one another, competing for temperament. Fortunately as local charts show, in the fight for the focal point alongside the Durbanite’s fierce, albeit knowledgeable lyricism, these components blend all too effectively.

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Listen to ‘Somdanger’ below on Deezer.