Prophets Of Da City

Shaheen Ariefdien, Deon T Daniels, Ishmael Morabe, Mark Heuvel

Also known as P.O.C., Prophets Of The City
Members of Prophets Of Da City: Deon T Daniels, Ishmael Morabe, Shaheen Ariefdien
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/prophetsofdacity, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Da_City

Discography of Prophets Of Da City:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Da Struggle Kontinues / Wild Stylz 4 Audio 1995 Nation Records
2 Universal Souljaz 18 Audio 1995 Nation Records
3 Wild Stylz 4 Audio 1995 Nation Records
4 Da Struggle Kontinues 4 Audio 1995 Nation Records
5 Never Again 4 Audio 1994 Nation Records
6 Universal Souljaz 18 Audio 1995 Nation Records
7 Our World 8 Audio 1990 Ku Shu Shu Records
8 Mutha Land Funk 4 Audio 1996 Nation Records
9 Planet Capetown 3 Audio 1995 Not On Label
10 Mutha Land Funk 4 Audio 1996 Beggars Banquet
11 Kickin' Non Stop 5 Audio 1991 Ku Shu Shu Records
12 Wild Stylz 4 Audio 1995 Nation Records
13 Ghetto Code 16 Audio 1997 Ghetto Ruff
14 Phunk Phlow 18 Audio 1994 Ghetto Ruff
15 Age Of Truth 21 Audio 1993 Ghetto Ruff
16 Boomstyle 12 Audio 1991 Ghetto Ruff
17 Da Struggle Kontinues 2 Audio 1995 Nation Records
18 Never Again 4 Audio 1994 Nation Records
19 Universal Souljaz 18 Audio 1995 Rough Trade Records GmbH
20 Boomstyle 14 Audio 1991-09-23 Teal Trutone Music
21 12" Off Phunk Phlow Album - Step 1 Album 8 Audio Not On Label
22 12" Off Phunk Phlow Album - Step 2 Album 8 Audio Not On Label


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.


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