Yunique is a talented recording and performing artists characterised by his provocative and consciousness hip hop/ rap style. His music is infused with rock, funk, jazz, pop, soul, ragga, crunk & traditional electronic music with energetic lyrics in Afrikaans & English that unifies his polyphonic grooves of his music. Creating a distinctive mark of his density of emotional lyrics, energetic body movements that takes the audience on a spiritual elevation and journey. Yunique was born in 1978 just outside Cape Town and are currently residing in Newton. “Straight up fire!! The flow is impeccable and the punch lines are on point…” said by Michael Simiyu, owner of Logic Studios (MtaaFM & TV) situated in Philadelphia, USA.It all started in 1992 but this poet, performer, sound engineer, producer, presenter and activist started writing rhymes at the age of 12.
He is also the presenter of “Word on da Street” on Hip Hop TV Cape Town and is always striving to explore and evolve his music and lyrics. He can also be found on Mxitmusic where his music is moving up the audition charts to be play listed on Mxitmusic’s Top 40 Charts. Together with his fellow mc’s is Yunique working on a new movement to unify the mc’s, producers, Dj’s, investors, studio owners, etc. in his community & surrounding areas. This movement is solely for the development of the culture, by creating a platform for the youth through information and resources.
As part of his stage performance is Yunique backed by D.J. Jai Be Intl and Magagaza his hype back. D.J. Jai Be Intl dexterity on the decks are polished up and tackle as well as the working world, ghettos, despair, revolt and trips. He mix, scratch, cuts and chops Hip Hop, RnB and House that he has skillfully gathered from shadowing Tony Smith, between 2003 – 2006. Yunique had an opportunity to perform alongside Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, etc. at the “Black August” concert at the Jam in Cape Town, but had to decline due to other responsibilities. He then went to study Sales & Marketing Management as well as Sound Engineering, Station Management & Technical Production and Voice- Artistry. Yunique took part in a competition in the South African Music Week and his crew won the opportunity to record their album at Tin Pan Alley/ Cape Audio College with Gee. Their song “Stone Anthem” was included on the “Ek sê mamela! It’s our music.” Compilation.
In the following year of 2001 he performed alongside Black Noise at a concert organised by him and then at the African Hip Hop Indaba at Beach Road Studios/ SABC. He had numerous performances with Mizchif (his friend and ex- manager) D- Form (ex- Moodphase 5 member), Blaq Pearl (the late Devious sister), Isaac Mutant, Afro- Z, Mafikizola, Freshlyground, Georgia Me (Tamika Harper - Atlanta, United States of America), Outspoken just to name a few.
In 2005 he released his debut underground solo album entitled “Bhind Enah-Me Linez” independently that sold over a 1000 copies just in his area. From a variety of collaborations, 5 star reviews for his song “Siyeza” that was Nr.2 on MtaaFm’s charts and his song “Swaar Raak” that is featured on MtaaFM’s “African Syndicate” compilation & starring with Mfanekiso in a documentary that was broadcasted in Belgium is just a few of the accomplishments and recognition this mc received. Proving that his music equally binds together urban rhythms, technology, power of real life ordeals and a return to roots a true cultural melting pot. One can only wonder what to expect from his first commercial release.