Jyz Yorke excited about Rap Battle Namibia nod
19 April 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Jyz Yorke; Rapper;“I love challenges and I am excited about the prospects.”
Omaruru-raised rapper Jedidiah Yorokee Ziabulela, known as Jyz Yorke, was recently selected as one of the six finalists that will participate in the freestyle category of the Rap Battle Namibia Volume 5.
The lyricist with a catchy flow and insightful verses, is up against Covert Ether, Methecys, Chase Clif, DV8 and Tjingaete MC for the title.
“Being chosen for Rap Battle Namibia Volume 5 means that I get a chance to showcase myself. I am thrilled to get into a zone which I am not used to. I love challenges and I am excited about the prospects,” Jyz Yorke said.
Rap Battle Namibia Volume 5 was scheduled to take place on 28 March at Kalahari Jazz Café in Windhoek. However, the organisers said that a new date would be announced once the partial lockdown is over.
Jyz Yorke said he is making the most of the partial lockdown period, using it to improve his artistic abilities.
“I already learned some jazz chords on the piano and work with my friends online on collaborations. I am busy with some awesome projects, music, art and some unreleased work, which I can't wait to share. I am also using this time to boost my streams online.”
As for getting ready for Rap Battle Namibia, Jyz Yorke says he has been listening to many instrumentals, practicing how to freestyle and rapping about things that he sees at that very moment.
He released his The Eye Problem EP (Extended Play) project, which consists of nine tracks on 19 November 2019.
“I named it after my eye problem, but it also carries a double meaning. I focused on the figurative message as well, which is my perception and the way I see life. Although it was initially only a song I wanted to work on called ‘i’, it all came together so well that I decided to make a whole EP.”
He added that he also wanted to raise awareness about his disability by telling everyone that no matter what their disability, to use it to uplift others.
The “This is Namibia” hit maker says the most sentimental song on the EP is “PRiDE”. “I struggle with asking for help sometimes because I feel like I know better. I always felt that I have all the answers, but to be honest, I do need help.”
He urged his peers to be persistent when pursuing their purpose in life and to never give up on their dreams.
“To anyone out there that ever wants to do anything in life, do not allow your problems to hold you back. Rather look for solutions and make something out of it. Life is beautiful and too short for the excuses we make as we live it.”
All his music is available on various online music platforms including iTunes, Deezer and Spotify.