AN 18-YEAR-OLD hip-hop artist from Azalea is set to release his first extended play (EP), titled Via Gauteng Destiny, in January next year. Sbusiso Makhoba, who is currently in Grade 11 at Ikusaselihle High School, joined the music industry in 2014.Speaking to Echo,he said he previously only released singles. “I wanted to make sure that when I release an EP, I give people who love my music nothing but the best. “The EP will have 10 tracks and they are all guaranteed to shake people up as they have a strong message for everyone. “I have worked very hard to get to where I am today and releasing my first EP is like a dream come true for me,” he said. Sbusiso released a single last Friday titled Busuku nemini.He said that when he was growing up he listened to Zola 7, who inspired him a lot in passing a message to the youth through music. “To me this is more than just singing; I want to inspire, motivate, and encourage youth to stand up and fight all the social ills because they are destroying our future. “Most people who are the same age as me are doing drugs and drinking alcohol. I want to inspire them and let them know that what they are doing will only destroy their lives and the bright futures that they have ahead of them. “I want to use music to encourage them to change their lives for the better,” the artist said.After the release in January, Sbusiso says he plans to do a tour all over Pietermaritzburg in order to promote the EP. The EP will cost R50 per copy.His latest single is also available at all online music stores.