Happy Cross-Cultures Wednesday!
Being with the “Spirit” of #BlackPanther in the air, we’re taking a dive into South Africa’s 🇿🇦 rising star Kwesta. A native of Johannesburg, Kwesta started writing rhymes in high school and was motivated early on to pursue his talents from peers. After his attempts with starting a rap group fell through, Kwesta left high school to pursue his dream full-time.
A short 2 years later, he began making waves performing at events and festivals, and soon landed on JoBurg’s ETV station making traction as a credited underground artist, and eventually getting noticed by South African label Buttabing Entertainment.
As the rest of Africa and the world begins to notice Kwesta’s unique and distinct sound, his 2nd album, DaKAR – Da King of Afrikan Rap, moved quickly to #3 on iTunes in SA. His latest single, Spirit, addresses the hardships of a post-apartheid South Africa and the generational differences of dealing with the trauma, be it with alcholism or traditional practices of voodoo and other religions.