Rasta welcomes Steve Komphela to Mamelodi Sundowns with painting

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Lebani 'Rasta' Sirenje
Lebani 'Rasta' Sirenje
Lubabalo Lessole

Popular artist Rasta has done it again.

This time he's shaking things up with his painting of popular coach, Steve Komphela after it was announced that he was joining Mamelodi Sundowns. 

The painting looked nothing like the coach, fans were quick to point out.

Not so long ago, Rasta had Twitter in stitches after sharing a portrait of the US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania.

He painted them to encourage a speedy recovery after they tested positive for Covid-19.

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Rasta, whose real name is Lebani Serinje, made a name for himself when he started painting portraits of well-known individuals at their funerals or memorial services to honour them.

Speaking to Drum recently, Rasta said: “Social media has really made me famous. Sometimes, the love and attention is overwhelming [even though] there are those who have said I should draw myself and others say they will cut off my hands."

Lately he has not only been honouring fallen celebrities. He has been celebrating those who are still alive, honouring politicians for a job well done, and just celebrating well-known individuals for their positive contributions to society.

This is why he recently took to Twitter to congratulate the popular Komphela. 

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“Help me welcome @Masandawana 's new coach @komphelasteve,” wrote Rasta.

See his post here:

The tweet had South Africans laughing as usual, while others applauded Rasta for constantly delivering his “best” work and not allowing the negativity of those who said he can’t paint get to him.

"At first the comments used to bother me but now they don’t," he told Drum in a previous interview. 

Here are some reaction from Rasta’s latest portrait:

Even though not everyone appreciate his talent, he is motivated by the recognition he's receiving. "I just hear people shouting, 'Rasta! Rasta!' in the streets and that makes me want to continue doing amazing work," he said.

The painter also hopes that one day people will see the beauty of his art and understand his vision.

"One day, I know they will look back and say, 'Oh, now we get it'." 

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