The Cipher is a new exciting concept to shed light on a growing hip-hop industry in South Africa.
The Cipher is show dedicated to Hip Hop lovers. Brought to you by The Visual Architects, a Visual Production Firm, dedicated to unique projects
The Cipher is a show, looking to shed light on young talented Rappers and Producers who live and breath Hip Hop. By giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent while discussing their love for the medium. “Hip Hop is a movement that has taken over the world. Here in South Africa there’s a massive fan base dedicated to it. The industry, however, is still quite small for local independent artist, as new talent is shunned in the face of established artist.” ~ Vic Abdol, Producer/Editor of the Show
The Cipher was the brainchild of Khalid El-Jelailati, the Director/Producer of the show, who having worked with many young artist in the past on various projects, felt that there needed to be a way for them to at least have the chance to showcase their talent. “Providing a platform for independent artists to explore their craft was the main focus for The Cipher. As an independent filmmaker myself I know how important it is to be given a platform.” ~ Khalid El-Jelailati, Director/Producer of the show
Hosted by Frank Marksy, a talented rapper, singer/songwriter, Guitarist, producer and recording artist, Frank Marksy, has been performing professionally for over a decade and has graced stages in South Africa and London.
For this pilot episode we brought in Sta-B a producer from the production house Sky Klinic, who provided by the eclectic beats. While Death Star, Lil D, Kid Platto and Lex Lafoy rounded out a very diverse and unique group of rappers that brought the show to life with their Ciphers.
THE CIPHER – EP 1
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Speaking with various people about the show, there have been similar questions
that have continually come up, so we decided to give you these FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS, with answers from Khalid the creator of the show.
1. WHEN WILL THE NEXT EPISODE RELEASE?
We are busy negotiating a possible platform for the show to continue it’s life span.
2. WILL THERE BE NEW GUESTS FOR EACH EPISODE?
There will be a guest/mentor for each of the episodes. The idea is to introduce the rappers to an established act with hopes of achieving 2 goals; (1) to provide a possible opportunity of collaboration and (2) to have someone with experience lend a wise word to those on the way up.
3. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO FIND SUCH CLASS ACTS FOR THE FIRST EPISODE?
I think the one element that is lacking from the South African industry is collaboration. We choose to priorities the things that create obstacles as opposed the things that make things easier. So all I did was create an atmosphere of pure collaboration where the rappers exercise their craft with no pressure.
4. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THE SHOW?
The hope is to create a culture of creation and collaboration.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE HIP HOP INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA?
I think the industry is in need of indie style insurgent’s lead by their dedication to craft and a willingness to tell their stories.
6. WHO IS FRANK MARKSY AND WHY WAS HE CHOSEN TO HOST THE SHOW?
He is an artist who I feel embodies the culture of artistic expression and I wanted someone like that to make the guests of the show feel welcome and comfortable enough to have open dialogue.
7. ARE YOU A DIRECTOR/PRODUCER?
I am an independent filmmaker that means we spin a few plates but I specialize in Screen-writing, Film Directing and Producing. So in short, yes.
8. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT?
Yes, my film company (Sycorax Pictures) is in pre-production on a feature film called American Mule. It’ s crime film dealing with the elements of an underground drug trade in South Africa.