Singer pours pain out in rap

2017-11-07 06:00
Bruno Leonel da Costa

Bruno Leonel da Costa

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An Observatory-based artist sings of his pain to make a living.

Bruno Leonel da Costa, born in Portugal, says his story is what makes his music unique. He would love to grow and be able to tell the world about his story though music. He believes that by singing about his pain he is able to inspire other young artists.

Due to family circumstances, Da Costa had to relocate to South Africa with his mother in 2000. That was also when he found his passion for music. He was raised by his mother after his parents divorced.

It was after the pain he went through that he started writing his own lyrics and eventually started recording. He later decided to study sound engineering to sustain his ­passion.

“My music is unique because of the flavour that I pick up from my lifestyle. It is about my journey and the reality that I am in; it carries a strong message as well as lessons. I am a motivator, inspiration and so on for the people out there

“I used to get inspired while I was bathing and dressing. In 2000 I started my music recording and with the technology, I started promoting my music on social media.”

He says with everything he has been through in life, he felt the need to tell other young artists that despite difficulty, they should never give up hope. He says he stayed strong and positive during his darkest moment and changed his situation into a career.

“I hold tight and safe in order to be loyal and make proud those who support me and gave me this miracle gift that I combine and make great music with,” says Da Costa.

After five years of building his rap career, he says he now plans to start producing more audiovisuals to create an even stronger bond with his fans.

Mandy Hayes, Da Costa’s manager, says he pours a lot of what he feels into the music and it has become his form of expression as he is not verbal about himself.

“Coming out of his environment, he is a motivated person, sees his life in the bigger realm of things and wants to pass on the wisdom he has gained,” she says.

She adds that Da Costa gained strength from his undying love for and support of his mother who would sacrifice to make sure he made a success of his life.

“His mother invested in his dream of becoming a sound engineer and rap artist and sent him to Cape Town to Cape Audio College where he completed his study last year and is qualified,” she says.

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