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KatalystTHE STUDIO: interview with K@Alyst NDO.  Twitter: @VulaneMthembu

By Siphesihle Msomi...

Tell us about K@Alyst NDO and how did you start out?
K@Alyst NDO the first cat on your best hip hop list. Well a soul brother and groove collector.  I am a former maths and science teacher, now photographer and producer. Quite a mouthful ha ha.  Started rapping in 1995 and discovered I suck at it and moved onto production in 2001. My first beat was made in May that year just before the Black August Concert that was held in Durban. Wanted to sling my beat to Jeru Da Damaja or Black Thought because I had heard they were going to be coming through. Ha ha ha. Never got to do it but I managed to link up with Jeru which set me up for a career in producing. What really made me get into hip hop particularly was hearing Arrested Development back in '91. That sound blew me away especially their '94 sophomore album "Zingalamaduni". I had never had hip hop sound so musical and African at the same time. They had a band and everything going on there. I could identify with it. Producing wise I would say Fantastic Vol II especially the song "untitled" that set me off to wanna do beats.”




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