Bud­ding rap­per em­braces hu­mil­ity

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

BUD­DING rap­per, Thabisang “Stiga” Mokoaleli, says his feet will re­main firmly on the ground even if fame and for­tune come knock­ing.

The Kolo­jane born and bred rap­per is cur­rently work­ing on a de­but ex­tended project (EP), set for re­lease next month, which he hopes will launch his mu­si­cal ca­reer.

Stiga this week told the Weekender the six-track EP ti­tled Ho Phethe­hile touched on the themes of thanks­giv­ing and praise to God.

“Most of my songs can be de­scribed as gospel hip hop be­cause my ob­jec­tive is to re­lay pos­i­tive mes­sages that also ap­peal to the youth,” he said.

“I of­ten write songs based on life ex­pe­ri­ences, be it painful or joy­ous mo­ments. My in­ten­tion is to pro­vide comfort and mo­ti­va­tion to some­one out there who may be go­ing through dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.”

Stiga said he en­coun­tered hard­ships at the for­ma­tive stage of his ca­reer, adding that most peo­ple tended to for­get their roots when they suc­ceeded in life.

“In most cases, peo­ple tend to desert peo­ple who sup­ported them from day one after they at­tain some mod­icum of suc­cess,” he said.

“Fame and for­tune have that ef­fect on peo­ple, yet they for­get that they might need those peo­ple again be­cause no one knows what to­mor­row may bring.”

The 19-year-old said his val­ues would not be changed by ma­te­rial suc­cess.

“I be­lieve in God and pray ev­ery day that if this EP be­comes my ca­reer break­through, I re­main hum­ble,” he said.

“I for­ayed into the rap game in 2013 and strug­gled to raise funds for my up­com­ing project. I thank God for the courage and mo­ti­va­tion to keep push­ing even when the go­ing was tough.”

RAP­PER Thabisang ‘Stiga’ Mokoaleli.

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