Thursday, February 22, 2024

Budding poet and rapper Kunta’s message is on climate change

When the world was ravaged by the HIV/AIDS some decades ago, society was engaged to play a role to sensitise and educate about it. 

Artistes were also invited; and soon the streets, shops and every public places were abuzz with information about the scourge. The result is the well informed nation that Batswana are now, though new infections continue to be recorded. 

Stakeholders now advocate for the same approach to be applied with the new scientific phenomenon – climate change; a cross-cutting problem with more sinister impacts projected which are already felt.

Local poet and rapper has also jumped onto the bandwagon. He intends penning a poem and a song at beginning of 2017.

In an interview, the Orapa-born lad said: “I have already written a poem, which I have titled Where is Earth? I am touching on facts and my hopes for the future in a changing world under the changing climate. As for the Hip-hop song, I want to take other artistes on board.”

He has already approached Osit Nans as well as R and B and jazz artiste, Maya Roze.  

 “I would like to drop some dummies at various radio stations. I am trying to popularise my music before I finally release something at the end of the year,” he said.  

Kunta’s real name is Tebogo Khumo Moloise and he grew up in Mahalapye where he spent most of his life. 

A devout reader during his school days, he enjoyed passing time with comics which he attributes to his “creative and imagination”. 

“It was in Mahalapye Junior School where I got exposed to Hip Hop music and this was through television and radio shows such as Yo Mtv Raps, Studio Mix & Shakes the Mix Rap Blast Show on RB2. 

“My ear trapped the sounds of artists such as KRS 1, Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, to name a few,” he says.

With time he started writing rhymes. At Madiba Senior Secondary School he started a variety of show performances including free-style battling and poetry. 

He was the first among a few rappers to put his hometown on the national map when he free-styled on Strictly Hip Hop Live hosted by Draztik and Slim (Cashless Society) on RB2. He also played a part in organising events such as variety shows, basketball tournaments and inviting other established artists to perform in his hometown.


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