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Making street life music in the City

It's drizzling as I make my way into Street wear Cartel in Newtown for my interview with Hot Skull Mob.

Popularly known as HSM, Hot Skull Mob was formed in 2012.

On arrival, I’m met by the 3 band members, Karabo,  Papi and Silvero. The band members are also executive founders of Stash House Records, the company that records and produces HSM.

"We shoot our own videos, record our own music, basically, we sponsor our own work. We're 100% Independent artists. “Says Karabo.


Papi and Karabo are professionally trained photographers who met as students at Vaal Tech University before they formed their band in 2012.
"We write about the life in the streets, the struggle, grinding, winning, losing, making money.  ... Everything that comes with hustling " -Papi


Silvero, a Zimbabwean born artist recounts how he found himself in the streets of Johannesburg at some point in his life as a youngster.


"I was just 13 years old when I ran away from home, crossed the border and come to Johannesburg after my mother passed away.  Life wasn't easy in the beginning. I was struggling to finish high school, getting into trouble and just being angry at the world but thank God for music, I have found my identity and it  keeps me sane."

Hot Skull Mob features Phila Madlingozi in their hot new single 'Don't say nothing.'


"Our music is about Independence, actively expressing ourselves. It's for the people who are overlooked, the underdogs etc...We are all about freedom of expression" -Karabo.

We see our music making an impact in platforms like BET, Back to the City Festival, Channel O, MTV ... at the end of the day we do this because we have love for it, being recognized for our music and winning awards would be the extra cherry on top. -Papi"