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Lesson’s Fresh Air on Tsonga Rap

It is quite rare for rappers to use their birth names but, Lesson just thought his was just too interesting not to go to stage.

Born in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg yet rooted at a small village called Phaphazela in Malamulele, Lesson Makhubele fell in love with rap music at the age of 11 and also just released an album called Fresh Air. To get a bit of fresh air on Lesson, we asked him to share a thing to two about himself.

 

Q: Why did you choose to call yourself ‘Lesson’ as your stage name?

A: Lesson is my name of birth. I chose to use it because it is interesting and carries a lot of memories. It reminds me of a lot of things. It keeps me grounded or sane if I may put it that way.

 

Q: Does your music live up to your stage name? If yes, why?

A: Yes it does. Although it entertains the audience, it also contains lessons that they can take. I believe songs such as Try Again, We Here Now, Cheese and Xikwembu from my album are very motivational.

 

Q:  What attracted you to rap?

A: I was attracted by the way it sounds, the artists’ dress codes, the culture and its freedom of expression seemed so powerful and exciting.

 

Q: Why did you venture into Tsonga Rap?

A: I ventured into Tsonga Rap because I felt it was necessary and relevant for me to represent and be the voice for the voiceless. Also, I believe Tsonga is a nice language so I’ve come to learn that it is even nicer when combined with a rap beat.

 

Q: Tell us about Down to Earth.

A: Down To Earth is a rap band that I started with my homeboys whereby we’ve established another name for Tsonga Rap as ‘TsongaMbela’. It is derived from the word Tsonga and ‘tsokombela’ which means ‘sweet’ to further emphasize how nice or delicious Tsonga Rap is as a music genre.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My parents, they are the coolest people in the world. My mother has a strong personality, she is intelligent and very optimistic about the future all the time. My father is the king of cool, I believe he is the real definition of what a hustler is and just has too much swag.

 

Q: Tell us about your new and upcoming album; Fresh Air, what is it about and where can people get it?

A: Fresh Air is all about keeping it cool, hunger for new ideas and self-belief. It is a fun record, packed with positive energy to get you going and club bangers. You don’t have to be a rap fanatic to love this album. I believe its TsongaMbela will give Tsonga rap a new different dimension. The Fresh Air album is available at Google Play, iTunes and Tidal. Also, click here to download Good Vibe  for free.

 

Q: What do you think are the challenges faced by Tsonga Rappers? How do you overcome them?

A: Challenges faced by Tsonga rappers are finances and funds to help them push their craft otherwise there is so much talent in our music genre. The only way to overcome this challenge is for get funding and also convince record companies and media platforms to believe that it is actually beautiful music. Also, Tsonga people need to invest in their own artists in order to change the way things are currently.

 

Q: Which local artists have you worked with; Tsonga and non-Tsonga and what did you learn from them?

A: I’ve worked with Prince Rhangani, Dala Fam, Thevu Thevu and Abdul Milazi. I’ve learned that I need to take myself seriously as a musician in order to sustain longevity.

 

Q: What do you think about the future of Tsonga Rap in South Africa?

A: I think it has a very bright future and I believe the South African music industry has been waiting for us for too long – it’s time we finally enter this space.

Follow Lesson on his Facebook page as Lesson SA, Twitter as @Lesson SA and Instagram as @lesson_sa.

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Hlulani Masingi

Hlulani Masingi, also known as Hlulz; is a young, vibrant and witty black South African Tsonga woman with a solid education and seven years media experience. She graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies and English Literature and Honours Degree in Media Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in African Languages and Linguistics in the Media at the same institution.

Born in Johannesburg and raised at ka-Mhinga, an underpriviledged village in Limpopo, Hlulani is a determined individual and regardless of her impoverished background, she has a variety of interests that include PR, Communications, Marketing and Events, her passion is Creative Writing. She has always had a strong thirst for knowledge and could already write the word ‘mother’ in her home language at the age of four. She started her first year of varsity at the age of 16. After working as an Online Editor from 2014 until 2017, Hlulani Masingi founded Shangazine – an online title focused on celebrating Xitsonga people’s traditional and contemporary lifestyle.

3 Comments

  1. Mxm in d comment by Vusi.
    Lets look on d bright side n not mistakes.

    Mine is…..i Know Lesson from D name MakhLessin.
    I was part of DTE.
    When challenges comes we most left but he remained there pushing the hustke.

    I am so proud if him and looking forward to see him fill up the Dome one day.

    He is a talented young guy who is going to give tough time ito many. He is humble and a child of God.

    My friend….ye have ma support 112%.

    Keep dt spirit on “Fresh Air” will rock

  2. Mxm in d comment by Vusi.
    Lets look on d bright side n not mistakes.

    Mine is…..i Know Lesson from D name MakhLesson.
    I was part of DTE.
    When challenges comes we most left but he remained there pushing the hustle.

    I am so proud of him and looking forward to see him fill up the Dome one day.

    He is a talented young guy who is going to give tough time to many in this industry. He is humble and a child of God.

    My friend….ye have ma support 112%.

    Keep dt spirit on “Fresh Air” will rock

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