Camagu: A Song of Cultural Pride by Driemanskap
Camagu is the first single from Driemanskap’s debut album, Igqabhukil’ Inyongo, which was released in 2009. Driemanskap is a hip-hop crew from Gugulethu township, Cape Town, South Africa, that consists of four members: Elethu (Mdeza) aka “Elnino”, Mabhuti (Ma-B) aka “Bad Luck”, Buhle (Redondo) aka “The General” and Yanga (Dla) aka “The Future”.
The song is about the importance of respecting and celebrating one’s culture and traditions, even if one is a modern urban youth. The title Camagu means “I agree” or “I concur” in Xhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. The song also incorporates elements of spaza, a subgenre of hip-hop that uses local languages and slang.
The song has a catchy chorus that repeats the word Camagu several times, followed by the phrase “Ndiyavuma ndiyavuma ndiyavuma” which means “I agree I agree I agree” in Xhosa. The verses showcase the lyrical skills and flows of the four MCs, who rap about their pride in being African, their love for their hometown, their respect for their ancestors and elders, and their determination to succeed in the music industry.
The song was produced by El Nino, a fellow Cape Town-based producer who has worked with many other South African artists. The song also has a music video that was directed by Greenhaus Productions and features scenes of Driemanskap performing in various locations around Cape Town. The video has over 436K views on YouTube.
Camagu is a song that celebrates the diversity and richness of South African culture and showcases the talent and passion of Driemanskap. It is a song that invites listeners to agree and concur with the message of cultural pride and unity.
Camagu is not the only song that Driemanskap has released. The crew has been active since 2005 and has released two albums, Igqabhukil’ Inyongo and Hlala Nam, as well as several singles and mixtapes. Some of their popular songs include S’phum’eGugs, I Miss Home, Izulu Lelam and Give a Wh?T. The crew has also collaborated with other South African artists such as Khuli Chana, ProVerb, Tumi and the Volume, and YoungstaCPT.
Driemanskap is considered to be one of the pioneers of spaza rap in South Africa, a style that blends local languages, dialects and slang with hip-hop beats and rhymes. The crew has been praised for their authentic and original sound, their social and political commentary, their storytelling abilities and their energetic live performances. The crew has also been influenced by other genres of music such as reggae, jazz, kwaito and rock.
Driemanskap is a crew that represents the voice of the people, especially the youth from the townships. They rap about the realities and challenges of living in South Africa, such as poverty, crime, violence, corruption, racism and xenophobia. They also rap about their hopes and dreams for a better future, as well as their love for their culture and heritage. They aim to inspire and empower their listeners with their music and message.