One of Botswana’s success stories in the hip hop scene, Game “Zeus” Bantsi, has been busy widening his creative footprint in the industry. The rapper, who is an internationally acclaimed award winning artist, has not let the light dim on his music path and shows more sparks in his latest international collaborative release alongside Broadway’s Les Miserables lead actress Brynnan Lark.
Titled Tip Toe, the song offers a glimpse into his upcoming projects hinting at various collaborations with seasoned artists across borders.
“This is mainly about pushing a maturing Botswana brand into the global space,” says Bantsi. “After my journey as a YALI fellow in the USA, I spent a bit of time travelling and networking there, which allowed me the opportunity to interact with several industry people including musicians. This song came about as a product of my eagerness to share music and establish a footprint overseas for the Zeus brand,” he adds.
The song, which is a prelude to his forthcoming creative projects, is produced by New York-based South African producer Greg Dean known for his work with top South African acts at Universal Music. “Working with Greg was a great experience and I look forward to more collaborations with him and his team,” says Zeus.
In the space of a new compilation, Zeus has been actively expanding his catalogue in an effort to tap into a wider market base, he tells LifeStyle. “I have been heavily busy with Jam For Brunch, a lifestyle-oriented platform as the co-partner of the event, and I’m also actively pushing to leverage the strength of the growing brand to nurture opportunities for vibrant local talent.”
Besides working on a new album, Zeus will also be releasing a collaborative project titled Tswana Renaissance Art with local prolific motswako rapper Tebogo “Nomadic” Mapine late November.
“This album is a powerful way to continue the story of the milestones we have reached as a country. Nomadic is a great example of leading edge home-grown talent and is testament to the growth our music scene continues to experience. We are using the project as a substantial and different way to tell our story as Batswana to the world and I look forward to its release,” he says.