Rasta on his 'deep and personal' connection to his controversial art works

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Rasta moved to South Africa in search of a better life.
Rasta moved to South Africa in search of a better life.
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This story previously appeared in the print edition of Drum Magazine.

Whenever he puts paint to canvas, he gets people talking – and his latest work of art is no different. Rasta caused a social-media storm when he unveiled a painting of socialite Zodwa Wabantu, and his critics didn’t hold anything back. “Thought it was Zozi [Tunzi, Miss Universe] then I realised it’s a man’s face. I then saw Zodwa standing there and wondered why she was there because that’s still not her,” one social-media user wrote. “I thought this was Zozibini, then I thought it’s Siya Kolisi, then I realised it’s Zodwa but then again I thought this was a Bafana Bafana player.

"Rasta is the best. He drew everyone in one pic,” another posted.

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