Motswako is a Southern African genre of hip hop most popular in Botswana and South Africa. The genre first originated in Botswana in the mid 1990s when a rapper called Mr T (Tebogo Mapine, now popularly known as Nomadic) created a demo of the genre which received rave reviews in radio stations.
It consists of a mix of rap lyrics in both the local language (Setswana) and English layered on a steady beat. Other languages used include Zulu, French and Afrikaans as per the rapper’s origin. The genre gained popularity in the late nineties as acts like Hip Hop Pantsula and Bafitlhile started rapping in Setswana, resulting in an increased followship from the local population.
The former has reached international standards, featuring U.S R&B star Amerie in his single, music and the lights.
My Top 5 Motswako Acts
Hip Hop Pantsula
Red Everything Movement