Gigi LaMayne


Five - times South African Hip Hop Award winner Over the past three years, Gigi Lamayne has kept the Hip Hop game interesting with her numerous free music downloads, surprise online music releases and visuals to accompany her music. 2019 will see Gigi Lamayne drop her highly awaited sophomore project. Gigi Lamayne, is making her mark as a talent to be reckoned with within the South African music industry. From chart topping radio singles, to graduating with 4 distinctions and top of her Media Studies Class from WITS University, to getting brand endorsements from the likes of PUMA, Barcadi and Flying Fish; Gigi Lamayne is making a statement and this is just the beginning of what the country will see of the power house artist in the making. GIGI LAMAYNE | BIOGRAPHY AWARDS • 2016:Women: Real Architects Of Society Awards – Rising Star • 2016: SA Hip Hop Awards – Mixtape Of The Year • 2014: SA Hip Hop Awards – Best Female • 2013: SA Hip Hop Awards – Best Female • 2013: SA Hip Hop Awards – Best Newcomer • 2013: SA Hip Hop Awards – Mixtape Of The Year 03  GIGI LAMAYNE | BIOGRAPHY NOTABLE MILESTONES /ACHIEVEMENTS/CAREER HIGHLIGHTS -Releases "Job Woods EP ahead of album release for 2020. • 2018-2019 May : Hair City official ambassador 2019- Castle Lite unlocks - 2019 Speaker 2019- Performs as First Female at South African Presidential Inauguration 2019-Hosts First Headlined show by a solo female act in Africa. • 2018: Released “Bozza” feat Kwesta • 2018: Opening act at Castle Lite Hip Hop Herstory (September) • 2018: Opening act at Castle Lite unlocks with Chance The Rapper (March) • 2018: Released “VI” EP which was 2 x SA Hip Hop Awards nominated • 2018: Released Iphupho (single), Twinkle feat Londie London, (Single) Isaga Lam with Miss Pru (single) • 2018: Avon #Free campaign • 2018: MSWSA guest speaker - money week saving program • 2018: Lipton Ice tea #ServingSunshine campaign • 2018: Gigi Lamayne x Captain Morgan “Starring Campaign”   GIGI LAMAYNE | BIOGRAPHY NOTABLE MILESTONES /ACHIEVEMENTS/CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2018: Gigi LaMayne Foundation launched January 2018. Helping Disadvantaged children across the country. (Main Home: Ethembeni Childrens Home in Dorrnfontein) • 2017: Announced as one of five top most promising females Globally by USA Publication, HOTNEWHIPHOP. • 2017: PUMA Endorsement #RUNTHESTREETS campaign. • 2016 –2017: Bacardi #HOUSEPARTY Ambassador • 2016: Flying Fish Influencer. • 2016: Graduated from WITS University with 4 distinctions and Top of her Media Studies Class (Class of 2015) • 2016: Face of Moshito Music Conference Africa. #Revolution • 2016: Selected to participate in the UN Woman Empowerment Campaign • 2014: Won the Jack Daniel’s Music Scouts Competition out of 50 000 contestants • 2013: Became a runner up for the National Sprite Uncontainable Festival, where she was the only female contestant to ever reach the finals. • 2013: Was a finalist at the Shiz Niz Mixtape competition, where she was the only female finalist • 2013: Was the youngest performer ever at the 2013 Back to The City Festival 05  Born Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney, Gigi Lamayne is a 23 year old South African award-‐ winning rapper who has taken the country by storm with her charismatic stage presence, and remarkably mature lyrical abilities. Her poetic skills were developed at the tender age of 11, having her first poem titled “Valentine’s Day” published at the Poetry Institute of Africa under the Anthology - Fairytale moon. Gigi Lamayne developed her writing skills into rap by the age of 16, taking inspiration from the likes of Jean Grae, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie and Tupac Shakur. Gigi Lamayne’s talent was realised at an exchange programme in the UK under the Branson Scholarship programme at Stowe School Buckingham where her performance took a runner-‐ up position, as well as at The DCS showdown East District in 2011 where she scooped an award in the category: Best in Rap. Gigi Lamayne uses her life experiences as inspiration to take to the entertainment stage. Somewhat of a feminist, you will always find deeper meaning in her lyrics, which she hopes many will identify with. Adding on to the exciting news, Gigi Lamayne released a surprise single titled Iphupho which debuted on Metro FM. Although she is hailed as one of the world’s most exciting female MCs, this multi-award winning artist succeeds in blowing fans away with her incredible vocals. The rapper and business woman can be recognized from her hit single “1 Bar” as well as her collaboration with international fashion brand Puma. The singer, songwriter, rapper and poet has made a magnificent impact on the growth and development of the female MC scene in Africa.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

As much as Karl Marx believed in music as the opiate of the people, I believe in music as the ultimate opiate. Crossing genres, nations, race and beliefs.

What is your music dream?

Internationally recognised

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with the girl child and perceptions of her. I would start by creating more forums to support the girl childs growth and progress in a society which deems her domesticated and incapable of co-existing with her male counterparts in the working world.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

BOB MARLEY - Natural Mystic

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Lauryn Hill, Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur.

What inspires you to make music?

The society I am in. I tell the stories of its people within my music.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want people to live a life of purpose after listening to my music. I would like there to be a message of peace and self determination.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?


How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The standard of appreciation while the musician is still alive, is really important.

What do you think of Drooble?


What frustrates you most as a musician?

The lack of unity amongst musicians.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I attend concerts and purchase the music.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Authenticity, uniqueness resilience.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Phelo Bala, Mblee the Duurt, J Molley, Touchline.