National recognition for Bay rap gang

Richards Bay-based hip hop group Hiltaterz are on the move

HARD work and commitment is paying off for Richards Bay-based hip hop group, Hiltaterz.

This new rap gang has been nominated for the South African Upcoming Music Awards to be held at the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg in April.

This group of friends was selected to compete in the Best Hip Hop category, alongside seven other groups from across the country.

They became award nominees after their song Ama beer amaningi topped the music charts across South Africa.

‘Fans have been downloading the song and showing us love. Since it’s one of the most downloaded tracks, we received this nomination. We are happy for the recognition and hope we will come back with the award,’ said group Manager, Amos Gcina.

When this gang was first introduced to the public, few took notice.

Many thought this was just another team of ’emcees’ putting sentences together and coming up with punch lines – all in the interest of fame.

But when this energetic group of youngsters begun gaining momentum, not only in the region but across the province, this changed.

Now two years later, the team is now regarded as one of the emerging acts in the country – and flying the Zululand flag high.

Not only are they climbing the local and national radio charts, but have paved a way for themselves in the industry.

They recently appeared on several television shows, including YoTV on SABC 1, Sunrise and Morning Live on SABC 2, just to name a few.

They also worked on the Mzansi Magic music competition show, Clash of the Choirs.

In this region, their memorable appearances include performances at the Hip Hop Rally, Beach Festival, Last Dance, Amenisto Jam, Spring Tour, uMhlathuze Music Festival and Beach Picnic.

To vote for them, SMS Hiltaterz 003 to 33903.


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