Raise the Bar

Innovative Talented Young Minds (IN.TYM) is here to ‘Raise the Bar’ of South African battle rap in 2021 by being the first entity to host this form of street art on the National Arts Festival’s (NAF) prestigious platform. Battle rap is a type of rapping that includes bragging, insults and boasting content. At a battle rap event, rappers gather to showcase their respective talents competitively. The performance circle includes surrounding spectators whose response adds to the communal character of the event.
Due to COVID-19 level 4 regulations on gatherings, we have had to alter the card and way battles take place, but we have still managed to present some of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) top battlers at this year’s NAF. These battles will set the standard for battle rap culture while flying the flag high for KZN, South Africa and African battle rap alike. This presentation will include cyphers from various emcees within the South Coast hip-hop community.
Battles: Kuss Diverse vs Prosper
Chukuliyeza vs Umqingo

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: 16
  • Release Date: July 20, 2021 10:00 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: English & Zulu



CONCEPT DIRECT: Kusasalethu Ngalo
PERFORMERS: Kuss Diverse, Prosper, Chukuliyeza, Umqingo, Slick
VIDEOGRAPHER: Phumlani Khusi, Sihle Madlala
SOUND: Talente Sithole


Innovative Talented Young Minds (in.tym) is a hub for creatives who are passionate about the arts, media, and the entertainment industry. We focus on sharing knowledge, skills and experiences while collaborating and creating content with and for emerging creatives. Apart from providing a space for young minds to develop and hone their skills, our objective is to create a community of artists and media practitioners who can sustain themselves.

We aim to help people grow in their art; be it in music, dance, photography, recording skills, radio broadcasting, videography, songwriting, etc.