Miss Patty Monroe is taking hip-hop to the next level by disregarding what's en-vogue.
For her performance on Red Bull Music presents Beyond the Sound, Patty Monroe shared a selection of tracks from her 2017 debut album “Malatjie”. Featuring ‘All I Got’, ‘Oh Na Na’, ‘Good Girl’ and ‘Fighter’ featuring Caleb Williams, this was her first time performing with her band outside of rehearsals. Speaking of when she realised she wanted to be a performer, Patty Monroe explains that “I always say it was the night of the ‘Beat Bangers’, I did my first performance, I was underage, I wasn’t supposed to be there, but I was there though!” but that the desire actually entered her subconscious much earlier. “I think I was maybe 10 years old. We had a DVD and ‘Ben’ from Michael Jackson was on there, so I used to karaoke it. I just loved the way I felt singing that song, the way people reacted to it when I sang it for them and I guess I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.”
Patty is unphased by the fact that people feel the need to put her in a box. “I don’t really care, I’m going to keep doing what I love and the people that are supposed to be drawn towards this energy, they’re gonna come without a doubt.” Instead, she is focused on adding more live elements to her follow-up album and taking her music to the world. “Taking my music to people who love it. Taking my music to people who don’t even know about it yet. Just packing my bag [and] going.”
Attributing her drive to achieve whatever she puts her mind to, to her late father, Patty says that “he knew he didn’t have a long time to live on this earth with me, so every moment he made sure that he enforced this idea in my head that you can do anything. Whatever you want to do, you can do, if you want to become this don’t let anybody tell you anything.” While she acknowledges that following your dreams isn’t easy, she says that shouldn’t discourage you. “We are all connected, we are doing this for everybody to show everybody you can do whatever you want to do. And don’t stop. And don’t take no [for an answer]. Even though it’s not gonna be lekker all the time, because you know what, that’s life. And that’s okay, that’s fine. But don’t give up. Don’t give up.”
Proud of the fact that her debut album ‘Malatjie’ was nominated for a 2017 South African Hip Hop Award in the Best Female category, Patty is eager to create more music. “I want do more and put more music out and create more memories and hopefully more classics.” Before performing her final song, Patty adds that she feels that everyone is a ‘Malatjie’ but that doesn’t mean that you have to be crazy all the time. “You [don’t] have to be the life of the party all the time, it’s also okay to say no. Your brasse, your family, they might not understand where you’re coming from, but that’s fine, as long as you know what you’re doing it for and you’re staying true to who you are. That’s the most important thing. I think a lot of people forget that and that’s why we have so many lost folks right now. But if we just come back to why we’re here and we’re here for love, so don’t ever forget that. If nobody told you today, I love you. I love you so much.”
Words by Themba Kriger.