Meet Big Xhosa – the real deal or a spoof artist?

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Rapper and content creator Big Xhosa. Photo: Supplied
Rapper and content creator Big Xhosa. Photo: Supplied

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Twitter is abuzz because of entertainer Big Xhosa. He released a freestyle of himself appearing on Sway in The Morning that he created using a green screen and a screen shot from the actual show.


To set the record straight, he did not actually go and see the American radio broadcaster and hip-hop authority Sway Calloway, who has been visited by such talents as Nasty C, Kwesta, AKA and Cassper Nyovest.

Sway in the Morning is a rap-centred show that profiles rappers from around the world and also sees them attempt the Five Fingers of Death – a freestyle segment.

Big Xhosa’s post made it look a lot like he was sitting in the studio with Calloway. People either responded by laughing along and commending his efforts but some took exception to Big Xhosa’s approach to rap, and cited his talents as being disingenuous and built for social media likes and engagements.

READ: Big Xhosa on his viral diss track – 'I will be the biggest artist in South Africa'

Former music label executive and now thorn in the side of many in the music industry, Nota Baloyi, immediately responded to his freestyle post, denigrating the young creative and suggesting he isn’t worth people’s time.

The two shared an exchange online.


Speaking to Trending Big Xhosa, whose given name is Sesethu Myeki, angrily retorted: “As far as Nota goes, he thinks he knows everything. He must relax and watch God take me to higher places. All the haters will be proved wrong again.”

Big Xhosa has social media abuzz after he released a video of him supposedly on American rap show Sway in the Morning.

Myeki, a 23-year-old from Cathcart in the Eastern Cape who grew up in Strand in the Western Cape explained: “I’m online running my social media marketing business. As for this persona that resembles that of rapper Big Zulu he said Big Xhosa came from me doing a lot of my TikTok videos in isiXhosa and I saw how much people liked the content. I decided to expand on it.”

The youngster also has more than one song out with iFani, who has long been a polarising figure.

Myeki says he has an album on the way: “You should look forward to hearing more than just rap music by him.”

He has not met Big Zulu or even heard from one of the most decorated local rappers after last year’s SA Hip Hop Awards.

“I never met Big Zulu, and actually I’m a huge fan of Big Zulu. Music is my life, my everything. All I want to do in life is music. I don’t like being boxed in as a rapper because I’m a very versatile artist. There’s a lot of music, different from rap, that will surprise people. You can’t box me as an artist.”

Twitter users have not shied away from sharing their opinions, to which Bog Xhosa said: “The Freestyle dropped 20 hours ago. I think it’s still early for them to respond but I made him trend in South Africa.”

Big Zulu has made a big impression on him as well as another artist, Big Afrikaans. We wonder if the three will get together and maybe do something ... big.

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“Funny story, I’m actually the one who gave Big Afrikaans that name. You can ask him for more details about it. He’ll tell you. I got a song with Big Afrikaans already. I’d love to work with Big Zulu.”

He has his eyes set on the future and branching out from TikTok and Twitter. “I’m planning to use my real name Sesethu, as my stage name.”  


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