We're super-proud to announce that joining a bustling bill featuring Lorde, Illy, What So Not, Vance Joy and more is the inaugural winner of our Spilt Milk x Unearthed competition: KG.
The Canberra-via-South Africa rhymer will be reppin' Unearthed when he opens the ACT festival, going down late November, showing off his politically-tuned bars and raw talent.
KG (real name Kag Ratlhagne) has had a pretty productive year so far. Working out of the studio of fellow Canberra MC/producer Citizen Kay, he released the fiery civil rights inspired track ‘Mabo Martin Mandela’, featuring a guest verse from former Unearthed NIMAs comp winner Philly.
When you hear Mabo, Martin or Mandela - do you know the stories behind the names?
It wasn’t until Kagiso "KG" Ratlhagane, a youth worker (and MC), was discussing defying moments in history amongst a group of children, when he realised almost none of them knew of the strong black people who shaped the battle for equality across the globe.
“I work with a lot of underprivileged kids. We were talking about history and none of them knew who Eddie Mabo was. That really shocked me because this is such an important person in Australian history,” Kagiso said.
“They also didn’t know who Martin Luther King was, or Nelson Mendala… It’s a shame because these are kids, are almost adults and have access to knowledge in this technological age.”