Mohka Melkai Is Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place With ‘Sway’


Mokha Melkai, from Johannesburg, South Africa, is a hip hop artist whose new single, ‘Sway’, relies on a heavy bass beat and catchy hooks. His sparse yet powerful lyrics are the perfect accompaniment, his sound reflecting the influence of artists such as The Weeknd, Drake, and Sade.

‘Sway’ focuses on the line between infatuation and love: the symbolism in the video, masks and drowning, illustrate perfectly the struggle of trying to determine just how deep you want to go – and whether or not you want to show your real self.

Mokha Melkai describes his music as an opportunity to create a new world, in which he is able to express his feelings, unhinged. He draws inspiration from past experiences, and in putting together his music he first focuses on the instrumental part of the track, and how it makes him feel, and decides what emotion he wishes to convey. When this is satisfied, he allows the lyrics to flow.

‘Sway’ is available to download from iTunes and stream on Soundcloud. You can also find Mokha Melkai online on Facebook and Twitter.

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Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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