Local artists on movie soundtrack

09 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

Afrikaans rapper Ike Adonis better known as Ixa and NAMA nominated singer Vaughn Ahrens recently added producing the title song for a film to their respecitve résumés.

The duo released the official soundtrack of the film #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm today (9 September).

Ahrens said that creating the score for a film has always been a dream of his. “I was contacted by the director and they wanted to feature Ixa on the song. In the end, I produced the song. I cannot thank Tim Huebschle and David Benade enough for this amazing opportunity.”

The song relates to the plot of the film.

“The film deals mostly with the ghosts of one’s past, so we kept that in mind. The people from the film wanted something local with an African feel and of an international standard. Basically the song is a mixture of Afrikaans and English hip hop with a folk feel to it. iTunes calls it alt hip hop, but it’s more like folk hop. It sounds a lot like the kind of music produced by Wakambi.”

Ixa on the other hand, said that he has always admired Vaughn’s work. “I’ve been following him for a while on Facebook. He is a hard worker and when it comes to his music, he is very professional and has major talent.”

Ahrens sent Ixa the rough version of the song along with the beat and his chorus about three weeks ago. “I went through his lyrics and watched the movie trailer numerous times to truly get the feel for the film,” Ixa said. “The next day I wrote my lyrics and submitted it. We recorded the song on 21 August in less than two hours at the Nautilus Studios. The studio crew was a big help and very professional. They had worked with Vaughn before.”

Ixa is self-confessed film fanatic. “This is just a small step towards achieving one of my dreams: To act in a film. I know this is possible because the Lord knows my heart. It is also a major accomplishment for my career, my fans whom I call ‘Wettige Masekinders’ and for Afrikaans hip hop in general.”


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