Prophets Of Da City

Prophets Of Da City

Cape Town-based, Prophets of da City, are undisputably, South Africa's foremost Hip Hop / Rap act. Although P.O.C. exploded onto the local music scene in 1990 with the release of "Our World", crew members Ready D, Shaheen and Ramone have been actively involved in the hip hop culture as early as 1984. Since then, they have followed it up with a succession of dope albums, including the banned and poorly marketed "Age of Truth". P.O.C. are currently signed to the independent record label, Ghetto Ruff and distributed by Polygram.
There have been many changes during the group's more than 9-year history but the core is still comprised of ideologue Deon T Daniels (DJ Ready D), Shaeen Ariefdien, singer Ishmael Morabe and the dancer Mark Heuvel. They insist that rap is a basic African expression, and musically they blend together quite a list of elements: hip-hop, techno and reggae, together with a not unimportant helping of traditional African rhythms. Over everything sways the powerful voice of vocalist Ishmael – like a South African Stevie Wonder. Their stage show with dance, rapping and scratching is fast and furious. The total effect is an irresistible African mix, rhythmic and visual.
Prophets of da City has played in Europe several times, and in Trondheim, Norway, they took the wind out of even Salif Keita's sails during the TMV Festival in 1996. The band has released a long line of disks in South Africa that are sometimes difficult to get hold of outside South Africa.


Prophets Of Da City Discography Tracks


KVL 5107 Prophets Of The City* Our World(LP, Album) Ku Shu Shu Records KVL 5107 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Boomstyle (Album) Trutone Music South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Age Of Truth (Album) Tusk Music South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
POCCD 004 Prophets Of Da City Phunk Phlow(CD, Album) Ghetto Ruff POCCD 004 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Universal Souljaz (Album) Nation Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
POCCD 005 Prophets Of Da City Ghetto Code(CD, Album) Ghetto Ruff POCCD 005 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
POCLP 005 Prophets Of Da City 12" Off Phunk Phlow Album - Step 2 Album(LP) Not On Label POCLP 005 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
POCLP 004 Prophets Of Da City 12" Off Phunk Phlow Album - Step 1 Album(LP) Not On Label POCLP 004 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KVS 0180 Prophets Of The City* Kickin' Non Stop(12") Ku Shu Shu Records KVS 0180 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Never Again (Single, Maxi) Nation Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Da Struggle Kontinues (Maxi) Nation Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Wild Stylz (Single, Maxi) Nation Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
POC DJ 2 Prophets Of Da City Planet Capetown(12", Promo) Not On Label POC DJ 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Prophets Of Da City Mutha Land Funk (Maxi, Single) Nation Records UK 1996 Sell This Version


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December 22, 2009

By far the pioneers of African Hip-Hop, Prophets of da City revolutionized the status of hip-hop in South Africa. POC have represented S.A. to the extremes. Formed in 1989, the group has gone and achieved something beyond their wildest dreams. POC has produced one of the best scratch DJs in South Africa: READY D. POC has performed all over the world and also performed for dignitaries the world over. They brought break-dancing and hope to the people in the Cape flats. They have performed with the likes of Joan Armatrading and Quincy Jones, to name but a few.

POC were banned in South Africa because of their music and had to find refuge in London, where they are popularly known. As founding members of Ghetto Ruff, POC have helped a lot of underground MCs come out, especially from the Cape flats and District Six. They have won many accolades over the years.

POC were the first S.A. group to receive the coveted SINGLE OF THE WEEK in the NEW MUSIC EXPRESS (NME) and were later chosen at the end of the year to appear on the SINGLES OF THE YEAR compilation. In March 1995 they recorded their 6th album GHETTO CODES and the first single was WILD STYLZ. Listeners got a taste of the single on the 26th of March 1997.

After touring and releasing of the album UNIVERSAL SOULJAZ in the UK and EUROPE, they returned home for the rest of 1997. 1995/6 saw POC perform alongside THE FUGEES, PUBLIC ENEMY, JAMES BROWN, SPEARHEAD, AFRICA BAMBAATA, ICE T and THE REVELLERS, to mention just a few. POC also feature on Spearheads 1997 album CHOCOLATE SUPERHIGHWAY. The video for their track UNDERSTAND WHERE IM COMING FROM won the BEST AFRICAN VIDEO for the 1997 MIDEM/CANNES Award.

In between touring and recording Ghetto Code they worked on new groups here at home. The first of these groups was SKEEM released AUGUST 1996 and it went GOLD. The group featured Ishmael of Prophets of da City. Another group was BRASSE VANNIE KAAP which featured Ready D of POC ( as Boeta D ), BVKs debut self-titled album was released in April 1997.

Further projects POC co-produced were:
DLow Afrikaans / English R&B artitst from Mitchells Plain
ESmile R&B album
4ft Deep Female Hip-Hop group from Mitchells Plain
Mr. Deviuos Male Rapper from the Cape flats

More history on POC :

They release their first album, titled OUR WORLD.
They are nominated for the OKTV Award for Best New Group.
Ready D, rapper / DJ wins SA National DJ Competition.
The Star, SAs biggest selling daily newspaper, voted Our World one of the top twenty albums for 1990.
An extensive 80-leg tour of schools on a major anti-drug drive, reached 70 000 scholars.
Performed at the Kings Trust Concert with Joan Armatrading in Swaziland.
City Press journalist, Thabo Leshoai, wrote that POC very nearly stole the show from Ms Armatrading.
Performed at the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) Freedom Concert.

They released their 2nd album titled BOOM STYLE
The video from the album is censored by the SABC because theyre seen as putting a portrait of P.W. Botha ( ex-state president ) into a fridge to chill.
Another track of the album, called Ons Stem is banned because the lyrics and the use of the SA National anthem, which is not recognized by 90 % of South Africans.
They performed at 5FMs ( then Radio 5) Bigger Birthday Bash.
Ready D again won the SA National DJ Championship.
Ramone, POCs lead dancer, won the SA National Freestyle Dance Championship.
Toured 45 schools ( 50 000 scholars ) for the Anti-drug school tour in Gauteng ( then Transvaal)
The Star voted Boomstyle one of the top albums of 1991

They started working on their 3rd album Age of Truth.
Quincy Jones and Caiphus Semenya invited the group to the Montreux Jazz Festival.
They toured with Paul Simon on his Born at the right time tour.
Undertook a 65-leg Anti-Drug schools tour in Namibia.
Held extensive workshops dealing with Rap and DJ techniques.

Begun a tour called Rapping for Democracy Voter Education in April 1993.
Performed at a concert in Copehagen, Denmark called Images of Africa on the 22nd June.
The tour Rapping for Democracy continued.
In October, they took the stage with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town.
10th November, their 3rd Age of Truth was released.
The SABC banned POCs version of Nkosi Sikel I Afrika fro the airwaves.
On the 22nd November , the track Understand where Im coming From was released on Tommy Boys Planet Rap album which featured 12 rap groups from around the world.
In December, Richard Haslop, music journalist wrote Tempestuos, defiant and crammed with sonic ideas. Local Album of the year with ease.
Four other music journalists voted Age of Truth in their Top 5 albums of the year.

The Rapping for Democracy continues in Katlehong, Soweto and Sebokeng.
From January to March, 550 000 students were reached on Voter Education Tour.
They appeared with Nelson Mandela at the 1st speech made as president of South Africa.
In May, they appeared at President Nelson Mandelas Inauguration.
In June, they participated in the Educating The Nation Tour.
understand Where Im Coming From went to # 1 on Metro FM ( then Radio Metro ).
The video for Understand off the 3rd album Age of Truth was banned again.
Their first song to be banned was in December 1993.
Another single Never Again hit No. 1 on the Metro FM charts.
Their Southern African Tour begun for 30 legs.

1990 Kings Trust Concert in Swaziland with Joan Armatrading.
1992 Montreux Jazz Festival with Quincy Jones
1992 Born at the right time Tour with Paul Simon.
1993 Images of Africa Tour in Denmark 15 Leg.
1994 Shabba Ranks Concert.
1995 Spearhead Tour in Europe - 30 Leg
1995 The Hood Rome, SA, USA, Italy Hip-Hop Tour.
1995 Toured with the Levellers in the UK 25 Leg.
1995 Roskilde Festival Denmark
1995 Phoenix Festival United Kingdom.
1995 James Brown Brixton Academy
1995 Fugazi Brixton Academy
1995 Afrika Bambaata London
1996 Black Spirit Festival Amsterdam.
1996 The Fugees - Paris

1991 Bigger Birthday Bash
1992 Human Rights Concert Wits University
1993 Nelson Mandela Concert in Elsies River
1994 Nelson Mandela speech
Nelson Mandelas Inauguration in Pretoria.

1990 Nominated for the OKTV Award for Best New Group.
1990 Ready D won the S.A. National DJ Title.
1990 The Star voted Our World one of the Top 20 Albums of the year.
1990 Ramone came third in the S.A. Dancing Championships.
1991 Ready D won the S.A. National DJ title for the 2nd year running.
1991 Star voted the album Boomstyle one the Top 20 albums of the year.
1992 The BBC World Service voted POC as the No. 1 Rap Group in Africa.
1994 Richard Haslop, music journalist voted Age of Truth the definite album of the year.
1993 Ramone won S.A. Freestyle Dance Championships.

1998 Paris, Berlin and London
1999 Norway Workshops
2000 New York Collaborations with other Hip-Hop Artists.

1990 80- Leg Anti-Drug Tour Reached 80 000 Students in the Cape.
1991 45 Leg Anti-Drug Tour Reached 50 000 Students in Gauteng ( then Transvaal )
1993 65 - Leg Anti-Drug Tour Reached 70 000 in KwaZulu-Natal ( then Natal ).
1995 450 Leg Voter Education Tour 550 000 students Nationally
1995 Reformatory School Tour (Album)
1999 SCAMTO Tour Covered 5 Provinces AIDS Awareness.

1989 Our World ( album released in SA)
1990 Kickin Non-Stop ( 12 Released in SA )
1991 Jabulani ( 12 Released in SA )
1992 Boom Style ( album released in SA )
1993 Understand Where Im Coming From single from the Age of Truth album ( compilation released Tommy Boy in New York called Planet Rap )
1993 Understand Where Im Coming From single ( compilation album released in Denmark called Consent to Savage)
1993 Age of Truth ( album released in SA )
1994 Never Again ( single off fourth album released on Vibes of the Times album in SA.)
1994 Phunk Phlow
1995 Never Again ( single released in the UK, Europe and Australia. )
1995 Da Struggle Kontines ( single released in the UK and Europe ).
1995 Wild Stylz ( album released in the UK and Europe )
1996 Appeared in the movie Dangerous Ground with Ice Cube and Liz Hurley.
1997 Ghetto Code ( Album released in SA )
1999 Yizo Yizo soundtrack for SABC 1
1998 Ghetto Ruff Beats.


Last Updated on Jan 2005


POC releases their first album Our World
Nominated for an OKTV Awards for Best New Group
Ready D, rapper / DJ wins SA National DJ Competition
The Star SAs biggest selling daily newspaper, votes Our World one of the top twenty album
An extensive 80-leg tour of schools on a major anti-drug drive, reaching 70 000 scholars
Debut performance at the Kings Trust Concert with Joan Armatrading, Swaziland; Thabiso Leshoai, City Press journalist, wrote that POC very nearly stole the show from Ms. Armatrading
SAYCO (South African Youth Congress) Freedom Concert
Radio Fives Biggest Birthday Bash, Johannesburg 25 000 people
ECC (End Conscription Campaign) concert
Anti-Drug March performance
UCT (University of Cape Town) Rag Concert

Released second album entitled Boom Style
Video Kickin Nonstop, from above album is censored by the SABC because POC are seen putting a portrait of PW Botha (ex President of SA) into a fridge
Another track Ons Stem is banned because of lyrical content and use of SA National anthem, which was not recognized by 90% of South Africans
Performed at the Radio Five Bigger Birthday Bash
The Star again votes Boom Style one of the top twenty albums released
Ready D once again wins the SA National DJ Championship
Ramone, POCs lead dancer wins the SA National Freestyle Dance Championship
Anti-Drug school tour covering 45 schools (50 000 school children), Transvaal

Work begins on the third album Age of Truth
Quincy Jones and Caiphus Semenya invite POC to the Montreux Jazz Festival, Geneva
Spent four weeks in London checking out the rap scene
Toured with Paul Simon on his Born at the Right Time Tour
Toured with Technotronic
Undertook a 65-leg anti-drug schools tour of Namibia
Held extensive workshops dealing with Rap and DJ techniques
BBC World votes POC No.1 Rap Group in Africa

Third album, Age of Truth released
15 leg tour Images of Africa Denmark

Phunk Phlow album released
Performance at Shabba Ranks Concert
Once again Ramone wins SA Dance Championships
Neva again gets nominated Single of the week in NME and is on NMEs 1995 compilation
Perfomance Nelson Mandela Inauguration

Universal Souljaz album released
Wild styles album released in the Uk
Performance at Spearhead Tour Europe 30 Leg
Performance The Hood Rom,e (SA, USA, ITALY) Hip Hop Tour
Perfromance 25 leg tour with the Levellers UK
Performance Roskilde Festival Denmark
Performance Pheonix Festival UK
Performance James Brown Concert Brixton Academy
Performance Fugazi Concert Brixton Academy
Performance Afrika Bambaata concert London
Phunk Phlow POCs 5th album wins FNB Rap album of the year

Performance Black Spirit Festival Amsterdam
Performance Fugees Concert Paris
Appearance in Film Dangerous Ground with Ice Cube and Liz Hurley

Ghetto Code released
POC featured in Spearhead album Chocolate Superhighway
Understand where Im coming from wins Cannes/Midem awards for Best music video from Africa

Single added to compilation for Yizo Yizo Soundtrack
Ghetto Ruff Beats released with featured POC
Scamto Tour 5 provinces AIDS Awareness

Performance at The Chicago Dance Festival

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