Durban-born rapper and Internet sensation, Arnold Phillips, also known as Aewon Wolf shares his musical success and his inspiring initiative #khulumabreakthesilence, which aims to curb gender-base violence
With the rise of reported gender- base violence against women and children in the country it’s refreshing to see local stars using their powerful voices to stand up against this social ill. Aewon Wolf is one of those artists and he will launch his campaign tonight on the music show, Live Amp. He shares how his road to stardom began and how he is using his voice to fight abuse:
What sparked your interest in Hip- Hop?
My older brother used to listen to a lot of Hip-Hop music and I was exposed to it from an early age. Tupac’s music hooked me to Hip Hop and I knew I wanted to build a career making this kind of music as well. One of the local songs that made me love rap music as well is Moya, by Skwatta Kamp.
Take us through how you entered into the music industry?
I took my music seriously in 2004. I started with a group that was called Silva Baq which was renamed Sky Roq. We ran a company called Run DBN, where we hosted successful hip-hop parties in Durban. Big music labels wanted to sign us up but I didn’t agree to their terms so I decided to spread my wings and fly solo. I chose the stage name Aewon because the name was given to me by my late grandmother in my dream a couple of years ago. I started my own label called WolfPack, which has the likes of Sketchy Bongo and Kyle Deutsch in it. The Internet has been the biggest platform, which I use to promote my music.
What are some of the highlights and challenges you faced in your career thus far?
One of the highlights I had was working with big brands, such as Cell C and touring the world to promote my music. The biggest challenge is not getting as much media attention since I am based in Durban. I have no intentions of moving from my home province, which is a big challenge for my music career.
Tell us about the #khulumabreakthesilence, what inspired you to initiate it and what do you aim to achieve through the campaign?
The recent report of Karabo Mokoena and other women being raped and killed by men has really touched me. And it has also hit home as one of my family members was almost abducted last year. I wanted to use my platform and my voice to make a difference and help not only bring awareness of what we are facing as a country but to try offer solutions. I approached the SABC and proposed this campaign to them. They agreed and we are launching our campaign, in association with People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), at The Live Amp show tonight and it will be followed by an advert that shows how women and children can get help. The advert aims to show that women don’t have to suffer or get killed at the hands of their partners. They can get help, especially in organisations such as POWA whose contact number is 0800 150 150.
What is your advice to South Africans regarding gender-based violence?
Abuse affects everyone somehow. We have to do a lot of introspection to see the root causes and to try to find ways of dealing with it. If your loved ones are abused you have to be brave enough to be their voices and speak up on their behalf.
What are your advice tips for young people who want to make a success of themselves?
The only way to reach success is to work hard and pray harder.
Catch #khulumabreakthesilence ambassador and rapper, Aewon Wolf perform his track, Khuluma, featuring Mnqobi tonight. The song has been officially adopted as the signature tune to drive the campaign forward.
Tune on to Live Amp at19h30 PM; take part in the SABC 1’s #khulumabreakthesilence campaign and say NO to women and children abuse!
Connect with Aewon on:
Poem by Trounce Play titled “In her pain”
Walking up the dirt corridor
With colors that spilled from screaming wounds
In her desolated hope, which fades in the dusk
The eyes of the soul sees violence gloom In every phase of the moon
Where ears of the silent night ignores her voice
Her helpless hands slowly touch her shoulders as she cross her arms
With the crooked smile of a fortitude mind
Which stands as the wavering curtains are blown by the wind swaying with ordeals
The sanity of her calmness as deserts that grows no shame
In her fragments counting down the days
In her prospects she choose to bury yesterday
Forgetting yesterday, forgetting the way back for it has no memory lane but a memory
She says I sing tears, I dance pain
My body is an oeuvre for every women
No more child for this entertainment
She rebukes, she yells to galvanize birds on their stems
Fish on their reef, to collide eagles in the sky
No more child for this entertainment
Then tomorrow I’ll forgive
As I’m reaped apart like a running flock of preys
When home is a sordid dome
I could once more breath in a hidey hole
For what we call freedom is suffocating of fear
In my land of regality
Nenzani na? Nihlaza, nidumaza izinkosi zethu
Madoda nizophila ninodwa kulomhlaba?
I’m ought to see that king who cheer in her praises than her gasping
Revere in her bow not her crawling
One who does not quench in her tears
Always awakens her like a dawn brightening a garden of bouquets
Cause he’s awakened to realize she doesn’t deserve to be in her pain.
This is amazing and something we relate to. Thank you, Sibusiso, for reminding women of their worth. We hope the silence will be broken and more action taken.
#khul#khulumabreakthesilence is the great campain tha will make women and children to shout out loud if there is violence abuse shout out to Aewon Wolf FT Mqobi #khulumabreakthesilence is a powerfull song bigup guys
We couldn’t agree more Lusanda, thank you
Thank you for your feedback. I will ask our hosting company to look into it
Hey thеre, You hаve done an excellеnt
job. I will definitely digg it and persοnallү suggest to my friends.
I’m confident they’ll be benefited frоm this
When sⲟmeone writes an artіclе he/she retains the thought ߋf a user in his/һer mind that how а user can be aware of it.
Therefore that’s why this paragraph is amazing. Thanks!
If some one wishes expert view concerning blogging and site-building after that i advise him/her to visit this webpage, Keep up tthe