Rapping for a passion

2018-02-06 06:00
Musician Bonga Mbatha ‘RazzyDaJuru’.PHOTO: supplied

Musician Bonga Mbatha ‘RazzyDaJuru’.PHOTO: supplied

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THE Hillcrest Fever reporter chatted to one of KwaNyuswa’s musicians, Bonga Mbatha, also known as Razzy DaJuru, to find out more about him and his music career.

NM: Tell me about yourself and your music career

BM: My real name is Bonga Mbatha “Razzy DaJuru”. I grew up in Botha’s Hill [KwaNyuswa]. I’m a rapper who brings something unique when he is behind the microphone. I always leave hip-hop fans confused because my aim is to come up with my own genre.

NM: When did you start your music career?

BM: I started to write lyrics when I was 13 years old. Due to the lack of studios and producers in my area, I started to record my songs when I was 16, at that time we used to record songs with poor sound quality. I met with other boys in the community who were also writing songs, we decided to form a group. We released two albums and a few singles then we separated. After that I worked with a studio called Spot On Records. I released my first album and was featured in more than three mixed tapes.

NM: If you had to explain the type of music that you do, what would you say?

BM: My music is not dedicated to hip-hop lovers or rap fans only. It relates to all music lovers, although my approach is closer to the hip-hop genre but lyrically everyone can easily relate.

NM: Who are you working with and what can we expert from you this year?

BM: I am currently working on an extended play record [EP]. For recordings I am working with Feleba SK from Rieco Bird Media, Mthokozisi Msomi from Iplazi Music and Lucas from Spot on. I haven’t decided on the release date.

NM: A message to the youth.

BM: A music career is not something that you can rely on. I realised that it doesn’t matter how talented you can be, if you have no one to support you financially, you give up along the way in order to cover your needs. Although it is hard to be a successful musician, music is still my life, not because it is making me money but because I have a passion and I cannot quit.

NM: Where do you see yourself in the coming years?

BM: I want to be an example in my community, that if you believe in your God given talent then you can get wherever you want to be. I don’t see myself as a rapper in years to come. I want to open doors for all talented underground hip-hop artists in all rural communities.

For more information, like his Facebook page titled Razzy DaJuru, or follow him on twitter @razzy_dajuru or via e-mail at Razzy_skarazzy
@hotmail.com or 078 963 9282.

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