Jakinda and Ayema are Stiff Pap, a future electronic kwaito duo
Photograph: Micha Serraf
Taking what's old and making it new, Stiff Pap’s fusion of kwaito and electronic music is a fresh take of the distinctly South African sound. First and foremost lovers of South African music, Jakinda and Ayema aim to take the music industry to the next level by bringing in a new perspective to the current scene. “We're just here to bring a new sound and show kids they don't only have to make American music, they can just make what they want.”
You can hear more from Stiff Pap after the jump.
Listening to your Red Bull Studios mix, it took us back to the first time we heard Dirty Paraffin for the first time. How much are you inspired by Smi and Spizzee?
Ayema: I’m a great fan of Dirty Paraffin. I remember coming across them in 2012 when I was still in high school and being amazed. They were able to come up with something that was different, new and refreshing.
Jakinda: I only really discovered Dirty Paraffin maybe two years ago, around the same time I started listening to Koolkat, Riky and gqom. It was really exciting for me, like finding buried treasure. I never really listened to electronic music much before discovering all of that. They are definitely a big influence now, but more Koolkat than the Dirty Paraffin stuff.
So what did you grow up listening to and what are you into nowadays?
Ayema: I grew up listening to a lot of Kasi rap, the likes of Abdus, Zakwe and Prokid. I also listened to a lot of kwaito, my sisters were big Tkzee fans and I became a big fan of Magesh. Nowadays I listen to a lot of American trap music, the really alternative ones. I occasionally listen to Manthe Ribane, Ok and a lot of Supa-Mega.
Jakinda: I grew up listening to a lot of American hip-hop like Kanye West and Lil' Wayne, as well as 50 Cent and Nelly. I didn't really listen to much local music besides Big Nuz, Professor and the Durban house scene. I recently started listening to Death Grips and Brockhampton, they're super cool. That new Tyler, The Creator album is really dope, too. I absolutely love Manthe Ribane, she's the coolest person in SA right now.
You guys met at UCT, what's it like being a varsity student in 2017?
Ayema: It's still really segregated in terms of class, race and sexual orientation.
Jakinda: It's cool because we have access to a lot of resources, like really high quality equipment. It's just super white there.
Who are your favourite artists to collaborate with?
Jakinda: Personally, I don't really like collabs. It has to make sense to me, because I don't really make music for the sake of making music, I barely know anything about music to be honest. I learnt how to produce, like two years ago.
Ayema & Jakinda: We would love to work with Mampitsha, we even have a beat for him. Other really cool collabs would be DJ Lag, Professor, Emtee and K.O. As Stiff Pap we haven't done collabs yet though.
What slang are you most proud of introducing?
Ayema: A lot of Umlazi slang because I'm deep in the Durban street culture.
Share you tracklist, please.
1. Untitled Instrumental
2. Jiva Pantsula
3. Live From Eloxion
6. Asamb' Siyolala
7. Amagroovist (Gina Jeanz Remix)