This is Nikolai Tjongarero aka Okin. He makes you want to write. The ease with which he slices and weaves words together portrays the illusion that what he does is something you can easily do too. But then you realise that it comes off that way because it’s him doing it. Kinda like how most of us would watch action movies back in the day on UTV and we would get excited and form these impressive ideas in our heads that we could throw punches and hurl kicks like the star in the movie and then attempt to recreate the action scenes on a ZERO budget and then we would end up bleeding that day with scratches on our faces waiting to be spanked and interrogated about how we got injured. (phewww, that was a long one.)
When Mark talks, raps or recites you listen. And, after that, you will probably find yourself reading up. Mark has mastered the art of using subliminal messages in his songs to educate us, his listeners, about complex issues that many would find quite plainly boring otherwise.
He states it clearly in his interview with thecitynoise.com where he says
“…The first step in overcoming this constraint is critical thinking and alternative thinking. The world is ideologically bankrupt, people simply can’t imagine that there are alternatives to the status quo and many of them suffer from a kind of cognitive dissonance. It is the role of artists and activists to offer conceptual models in the form of art artifacts that slowly educate people into exploring an alternative world. If I mention the “Zeitgeist movement” in my song and inspire a kid to read up on the idea of a resource based economy I’ll know that at least one mind has been exposed or might even develop this idea for our future. People do not have time to read a 500 page treatise on post-capitalism so it is imperative that we infiltrate the wealth of these ideas into a more subtle and effective medium, and what is more subtle and effective than art.”
You hear this in his art and he does it beautifully.
Since I started listening to entire albums and mix tapes three years ago I’ve never gone back to listening to individual songs from different artistes on a single playlist. My playlists are now made up of different full albums from either one artiste or more than one and I must say listening to music this way made me really appreciate the immense creativity, time and effort some of these artistes pour into their art.
One of those artiste groups is “Black Vulcanite” from Namibia. One of the most inspiring Rap/poetry groups we currently have in Africa. I got hooked after listening to their album “Remember The Future” which I listened to almost every day for about a year after I got it. I hadn’t listened to that kind of music from Africa before. It was different. It was new to my ears. Listening to BV made me realise that there is great music out there and all you have to do is listen. Listening to BV also made me realise we can have great African rap music totally independent of western hip hop terminologies and trends.
Personality: The Detective. ISTJ: Introvert Sensing Thinking Judging.
Serious, quiet, with loner tendencies. Enjoys solitude and tends to sit back and observe. Private, rarely talks about their feelings. Can be insensitive to the hardships of others. A planner. Well-organized and hard-working. Works steadily towards identified goals. Focused, with well-developed powers of concentration. Will usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it. A perfectionist. Clean, thorough, detail-oriented. Avoids mistakes. Logical and analytical. Not adventurous or spontaneous. Realistic. Doesn’t appreciate strangeness. Conventional. Interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Dislikes countercultures. Dutiful, always follows the rules. Punctual. Finishes tasks. Responsible and dependable. Prepares for worst case scenarios, cautious. Interested in security and a peaceful life. Would rather be friendless than jobless. Holds people to high standards and does not accept apologies easily.
Psychological Disorder: Depressive.
Favored Careers: data analyst, scientist, researcher, engineer, financial planner, statistician, office worker, government employee, lab technician, nuclear engineer, office manager, biomedical engineer, account manager, CEO, investment banker, analyst, academic, systems analyst, pharmacy technician, network admin, genetics researcher, research assistant, strategist.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain