Revolutionary Rap Battle Conversations

Wordsmiths

10 October 2021 | Art and Entertainment

Scarlet Gray; Founder and host; “…it is not about animosity, but about skill and the art of storytelling.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


Lyricists set the stage alight during the fourth instalment of Rap Battle Conversation under the theme “The Revolution” at Desert Tavern in Swakopmund.

Rap Battle Conversations is an initiate founded by Melissa Müller, popularly known in the music spheres as Scarlet Gray.

Hip hop lovers witnessed epic performances by Krazy, Ay4, Uncle Woke, Meek, the host herself - Scarlet Gray – and others.

The event was capped off with emcees stepping onto the stage to freestyle freshly conjured lyrics.

Spectator Twamoneni “Hadassah” Andreas described the event as memorable.

“It is a truly amazing initiative. It was my first time attending. It is good to know that something like this doesn’t only happen in Windhoek, but also at the coast.”

Hadassah said that the vibe was great.

“It is nice to connect with people with the same interests. Even though I was just part of the audience, I connected with the artists. For as long as Rap Battle Conversations exists, I will support it,” she said.

She added that it is inspiring for her to see a woman organising a hip-hop movement.

“The hip hop culture in Namibia is mostly embraced by men, and what Scarlet Gray is doing will inspire other women who love the culture to emerge. She brings a balance in the culture.”

Scarlet Gray is already planning the fifth edition of the event.

“It will be bigger and better. We had some new faces and a great ending, where we performed on one beat.”

She explained how the idea of Rap Battle Conversations was conceived.

“I am passionate about my country and introspection. I believe that knowledge and the application thereof, is power. In Namibia we don’t read and we don’t improve on our language enough, so I thought about making it more fun.”

According to her, the Namibian education system is not filled with fun.

“People are expected to sit down in a classroom and learn. So I came up with Rap Battle Conversations. I added the ‘conversations’ part because it is not about animosity, but about skill and the art of storytelling.”

Rapper Kevin Parreira (AKA “Uncle Woke”) who participated in the event, said it is a much-needed platform.

“It was comfortable and enjoyable. I even had two of my friends who usually just write lyrics and keep it to themselves, step onto the stage. It was good to see them come out of their shells,” he said.

The first edition of the event was held in Windhoek in 2020, after which the next three events took place in Swakopmund.

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