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Calley is an artist from Cape Town, ZA. Born in Virginia, Free State, on the 26th of November 1991, he moved to the Mother City with his mother and two brothers in 2000, where he completed his early education at Good Hope Seminary Junior School. Growing up in the crime-ridden streets of Gugulethu, he likened himself with friends who were avid listeners of Hip Hop music, just as he was. The sounds of early Jay Z, Notorious BIG, 2 Pac, Nas, Mobb Deep and many other East Coast rappers were introduced to him by his brothers, and these musicians were to become a major influence in his life. At the age of 16 (then performing under the alias Red Phenom), he formed part of a trio called the Wikid Crooks, where he and his group – V-Mash and Black Wizard – were present in line-ups of the Hip Hop sessions that were once held at the Gugulethu Sports Complex on Sundays. Without an official release, he continued to write music in his spare time, focussing most of his attention on completing his studies, and inevitably, the group dissolved and it seemed as if that was the end of Calley’s career as a musician. However, after taking some time away from the music scene, he has returned in 2014 with the promise of a debut mixtape.
The title of his first release is called F.U.N.K. It is a self-explanatory acronym which stands for ‘Find Ur Niche Kid’. The mixtape is all about how Calley has finally accepted music as his identity – his niche. In announcing himself as a presence worth recognition in Cape Town’s buzzing Hip Hop scene, he has collaborated with the likes of Amilca (rapper), Hyperion (rapper), Sose (singer) Loo West (singer), and others on records such as Shandiz (Versace Freestyle) and more which will feature in his debut mixtape that is set to be released soon. With appearances on stage at Ragazzi Live Bar and at the Sunday Lunch event that was held at The Great Wizoo, Calley has attracted some favourable attention. Recently, he dropped his first instalment from FUNK, titled DreamsNThings featuring Loo West (produced by Bluez).

The track was released on the 23rd of May at 7pm on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. By now, it has accumulated just over 500 downloads. While DreamsNThings is gaining popularity, Calley still has a lot in store for us, like the release of his first music video titled ‘Ghetto Manifesto'. To know more about this artist and his upcoming mixtape, like his Facebook page at facebook.com/CalleyZA or follow him on Twitter @Ayo_Calley.

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