Mpumalanga has been steadily drip-feeding the talent into the greater music industry for a couple of years now and there’s a new kid on the block.
Meet Aygee Montero (real name Ayanda Mkhwanazi): emerging hip hop Afro-beats artist hailing from Ermelo, Mpumalanga who has been writing and recording music since he was 14 years old.
Since signing with Godforthrecords, fresh out of Matric in 2017, he has already worked with big names in the industry from the likes of Riky Rick and Ron Epidemic Beats, to Megabeatz.
Now, with the help of mixers SilasBeats and Megabeatz, the burgeoning hit-maker has burst through the South African hip hop scene with an independently produced four-track EP, Vibes Don’t Lie and you’ll want to listen.
Including Aygee Montero’s pre-released and most listened-to song and track 3 on his project, “Secured” – a song laced with tropical melodies speaking to climbing the industry ladder and securing a spot at the top – the EP channels finely curated Afro-beats bred to make you move.
He slyly transports us from song to song on a familiar, prevailing backing beat, cut and mixed in a variety of ways to give each track a unique flow, all the way to unapologetic closer, “Nothing to Prove – Freestyle”.
It’s is a bite-sized, popping mix of edgy afro-beats held together with auto-tune effects to create that rap signature that has been used by the industry’s finest from Migos to Lil Uzi Vert.