Moving to Cape Town 10 years ago was an eye opener for rapper Cherra and he hopes to make a big impact on this city.
Siyasanga “Cherra” Ngesi arrived in Cape Town already bitten by the hip hop music bug in 2007, but was blown away to see a vibrant culture within heads.
“At the time Spaza was very popular with groups like Driemanskaap and other rappers who were doing their thing and I was not the same.
I grew up as an outsider because at the time being a rapper was still a foreign concept so I just felt home,” he said.
Ngesi recently released a single titled Mayitshe and is working towards his event later on in February at the Nomad Bistro in Town.
He classifies his music as alternative hip hop as he incorporates other sounds in his music, such as rock.
Born in King Williams Town, he has travelled the country during his upbringing as well as during his music hustle.
“My first taste of music was from my father’s record who, in his younger days, was a DJ, so he had all sorts of records. So I use all those elements that I grew up with in my music and hope to make an impact,” he said.
He counts as his influences The Roots and Rage Against The Machine, as a result he dabbles in multiple genres, varying from Dubstep to Neo-Soul.
Toeing the line between being trendy and existential lyricism; it comes as no surprise that this no-holds-barred artist not only sees himself as an objective social commentator on a range of subjects from love and party scene dynamics to everyday South African living.
Also a subjective exhibitionist of his personal thoughts, highs and woes.
He will kick off his gig on Thursday at Issa Leo at 25 Loop Street where he will be performing and selling merchandise.
He said that his plan is to get his music to the masses by staging his own show in and around the city. You can have a listen to his music on Soundcloud.