Interview with Kahotep on the making of Rope of Hope - Information & Cultural Exchange

Interview with Kahotep on the making of Rope of Hope

Towards the end of 2015 we produced a great single and video clip called Rope of Hope through our Street 2 Studio project. Working with legendary Producer, Chasm, two emerging Western Sydney Hip Hop artists, Kahotep and Gibrillah Shyne we created a track exploring the current global refugee crisis. We then coupled their talents with emerging video maniac Andres Bustamante and the results are …… well, you can see for yourself.

We had a little chat with Kahotep and here is what he had to say.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Hussein and my Hip Hop rap alias is Kahotep. Kahotep is an ancient Egyptian name that means Peaceful Essence Or Peaceful Spirit. I love to write rhymes and have a passion for music. I’m 25 years of age and I am an up coming Hip hop Artist. I hail from East Africa, Somalia to be exact. I was born on July 1990 in the capital city of Mogadishu, just before the civil war erupted in Somalia, which took place in 1991. I then fled for Nairobi, Kenya. Soon after I had the opportunity to be sponsored by my uncle who was living in Australia at the time. I arrived in 1994. I’ve been here ever since. I feel very fortunate and grateful to be in such a beautiful country.

Tell us about the song Rope of Hope. How did you come to make the song

Well we had a discussion about what topic we should address and we wanted to address issues that were interesting and meaningful. The most relatable and contemporary issue was the issue of the asylum seekers and refugees. We then got together and jotted down a few points we wanted to discuss. Then we each wrote our verses then practiced them. We got a good beat from a great producer by the name of Chasm. Then we got to recording.

The video clip is very cool. Tell us about that process.

Well we had to also plan the video out as well and we did the head shots and mid shots of us rapping on a green screen background. And with the help of a great videographer the video was edited in a very artistic fashion.

Why do you think music is an important tool to send out a positive message

I think music is an important tool to send out positive messages because it can really relate to the youth. It has the power to move a person and inspire them to do or not to do. Bob Marley stated it best when he said “One thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Music has a power and influence to make people feel happy and positive, or angry and sad. It gives emotions felt by the artist to the audience. So what that artist is saying is something vital and positive. The audience will receive the artists raw expression, whilst they are nodding their head to music and also contemplate on the lyrics. Music has the power to influence and change people’s feelings and thoughts. Therefore music can be used as a great weapon to dismantle negativity or xenophobia and stigmas.

What is next for you

My next move is to keep producing more music that people can relate to. And I aim to release a six-track EP then launch it. Then release another sick track EP, then launch it and combine the two into one mixtape and proceed from there.

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