2015 proved to not only be an exceptional year for South African music with the likes of Black Coffee, Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest and AKA doing their best (and achieving) to fly the nation’s flag across boarders, but the year was also dubbed the year of women in Hip Hop. The Baddest (Remix) by AKA featuring South Africa’s hottest female MCs like Moozlie, Fifi Cooper, Gigi Lamayne and Rouge sealed the deal too. And this week’s artist that we’re feautring on Music Monday is none other than Rouge.

Describing herself as a ” … a rapper & singer who aspires to be recognized as one Africa’s foremost artist.” , Barbara Wedi who is better known as Rouge to the Hip Hop community is one who can hold her own. Inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill to Drake who communicate stories and poetry through their music, from matters of the heart to everyday life, this is the take of Rouge’s music, and like the colour red (the translation of the word Rouge) what makes her stand out. The French speaking artist raps in both English and French, and in the future would also like to collaborate with other sub-genres of South African Hip Hop like Motswako and Skhanda to mention a few, in her own music, but at present the focus is on her music and building her brand.

Listing Gigi Lamayne and Nadia Nakai as two of her favourite rappers, and in an interview with Okay Africa Rouge admits that she doesn’t think that female rappers have been delivering the the past, and continues that “It’s been tough but I think that it’s an opportunity for us to take over. Especially now, it’s the best time to be a female rap artist.”

And, we can only expect the best from Rouge and her projects this year.

In the meantime, enjoy the single where she features The Hustle winner, BigStar Johnson, Mi Carazon which in Spanish means My Heart.