MeXican, A Talented Upcoming Musician From ZA
Not too long ago I had the pleasure of interviewing a talented upcoming musician from South Africa. During our short time together I was able to learn not only about him as an artist but also about him as a person. I’m excited to share this post with all of you because I found him to be, more than a musician, a unique and beautiful soul.
“I’m not educated,” he lets me know in a matter-of-fact tone. This is one of the first things I learn about him as we sit down for what turns out to be a delightfully-deep conversation. Arthur Linda, professionally known as MeXican, is a South African rising talent that not too long ago released his first single world-wide, under the production of the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM), called When We Love. A song featuring Lydia Molise and Anthm. “That song is my baby, I listen to it every day and that song will impact,” and by the end of our conversation I don’t doubt that it will.
His passion for music began back in 2004 while in high school but his love for it, as he remembers, was born in 2001 from his admiration of Tupac and his stage name, MeXican, is a tribute to that admiration. “For us here in Africa, House is our Hip Hop, House Music is our dance music,” back in the day, however, his passion for the genre of Hip Hop and producing music was learned through Kwaito—a local music genre that emerged from Johannesburg, ZA. “It’s like Hip Hop but a bit faster.” I ask if music is his path, “yes, music has me,” he answers humbly.
As we go on, I am able to get to know the man beyond MeXican and I come to see a bit of what motivates him and what gives him inspiration. Arthur describes himself as analytical, observant, and philosophical, he explains that he likes to view things far beyond for what they appear to be. He derives his inspiration from observing religion, the world, and music from a philosophical perspective. He did not finish high school but I find in him an intellectual young man, he is a wise and talented musician with a goal to do things differently to create a positive change in the world. I ask if he has any intentions to leave ZA eventually and he tells me that he is ready to influence the world from his own country, he grew up here and has faith that his country can achieve what is capable of.
Ambassador of Generation Hip Hop
As an ambassador for Generation Hip Hop (GHH) in ZA he feels that it is the opportunity to change, empower, and influence through the movement that draws him to be part of it. “I give you myself, my own, and no one else,” and that is what he offers GHH, a creative mind, a humble soul, and a great talent. In return GHH gives him a platform, a motivation, and the tools to inspire and share his music with the world. His song When We Love is the first single of the upcoming UHHM album 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop produced by Rocky Bucano. MeXican is quick to emphasize that he is delighted this opportunity happened now with 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop.
Even though he finds inspiration from great ones like Tupac, Mandela and his, once mentor, minister Kingsley, I can clearly see that he is his own person, he is on his way to make a change. He said it best himself, “I draw inspiration from great ones but I leave the characters behind to create myself.” I invite you to keep up with him, because through his music, through GHH and the UHHM, and through the person that he is, he motivates, he inspires, and he is ready to influence.