TWO of the biggest hip hop stars in Durban sat out the Youth Hip Hop Festival on Saturday. 
Rappers Duncan and Zakwe of Sphethu Records have poured their hearts out over their sidelining.
Duncan didn’t attend the festival while Zakwe sat listening like a fan, to acts by AKA, Emtee, Cassper Nyovest and Kwesta.
He put on a brave face at the festival’s VVIP section at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
He said: “I’m disappointed because Zakwe and I really worked hard putting Durban hip hop on the map.
“I don’t know if organisers forgot about us – or if they don’t appreciate the work we put in for hip hop in Mzansi.
“The line-up was 65% Jozi artists – for a Durban hip hop festival,” he said.
Duncan added Zakwe had to cancel a Jozi gig to be at the festival, saying: “Organisers told him at the last minute they would let him go on stage at the festival. But sadly, he never got a chance to perform.”
Zakwe’s phone was on voicemail. But when fans asked on Twitter why he didn’t perform, he tweeted: I also wish to know. @nkosietall tweeted: How d f@ck you going to have SAHIP Hop Youth Festival in Durban and not @ZakweSA there? Talk to me please? 
Zakwe replied: Even worse, it was a Durban Youth Hip Hop Fest. 
Gagasi FM spokesman Khulekani Shandu said the station took no part in the line-up selection.
Organiser Hlubi Radebe, of Richie R Concepts, told the People’s Paper: “We tried a couple of times to contact Duncan but unfortunately we couldn’t get hold of him.
“I can understand Zakwe’s frustration because he was there – but could not perform because of time constraints.”