Peace, love and Snoop Lion

2013-05-18 18:55

It’s all about peace and love for Snoop Lion who performs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban tonight.

Asked about his name and genre change at a press conference at Durban’s Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday, he said: “It was more about a journey, finding myself spiritually and musically. As a rapper I wasn’t able to do it. Right now I’m able to do it and it’s the way I’m living now.”

Dressed in sporty all black with his long hair in pleats, the award-winning rapper and actor emphasised his growth and message of peace and love.

But just because he’s a new man doesn’t mean he will abandon his old fan base, as he assured everyone that his concert repertoire would include his famous “gangsta rap” hits as well.

Zakes Bantwini, one of the Mtv Africa All Stars who opens for Snoop, said international stars like him should not be kept separate from local artists as it “kills” art and creates the assumption that international artists are more “special” than local and continental acts.

Snoop said he had no issue with collaboration and mingling with other artists: “While I’m here, why not go to the studio and make something.”

Snoop has collaborated on a song with Nigerian superstar D’Banj, famous for his work with Kanye West.

The rapper said he was not worried about losing street cred because of his new album and the direction his music was taking.

Having “found” himself in Jamaica, and believing that he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley, he said: “I wanted to do an album that has no curse words in it and I was able to. Bringing up a lady (referring to his daughter who is featured in the album) it was important to me.”

Artists who will be supporting Snoop Lion include Zahara, 2Face, Flavour and Big Nuz.

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