A lyri­cally ex­plo­sive de­but from Mpofu-Walsh

Al­bum packed with in­tense mes­sages

Sowetan - - Time Out - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Rap­per, ac­tivist, and au­thor Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, pic­tured, is a young man with big ideas.

This is ev­i­dent on his de­but al­bum Democ­racy Delu­sion. The al­bum ac­com­pa­nies his first book, which is a col­lec­tion of es­says of the same ti­tle.

Born in 1989, Mpofu-Walsh re­leased his al­bum a week ago through Na­tive Rhythms Records. He says he chose rap to tell his story be­cause the genre was an in­cred­i­ble plat­form that has been used to voice so­cial ills.

His con­tro­ver­sial al­bum is packed with pow­er­ful mes­sages and his ob­ser­va­tion of South African pol­i­tics and eco­nomic prob­lems.

“I hope we can use rap to spark a new con­ver­sa­tion and con­sci­en­tise a new gen­er­a­tion.

“We can use rap to change young peo­ple’s minds and in­spire them to strive for more.”

The young rap­per be­lieves that hip-hop is a dif­fi­cult genre, even though peo­ple give rap­pers lit­tle credit.

Hav­ing started rap­ping in the group En­tity with AKA and Nh­lanhla Makenna, he de­fines rap mu­sic as a to­tal brain ex­er­cise. “Rap is dif­fi­cult be­cause it re­quires artists to mem­o­rise ev­ery­thing, and time it as well.”

“It is about po­etry and lin­guis­tics while you are think­ing about reach­ing the au­di­ence. Rap is a fas­ci­nat­ing brain puzzle,” he says.

Born in Jo­han­nes­burg, he says rap has grown to be one of the big­gest gen­res, and it is a com­mer­cial phe­nom­e­non.

But in his lat­est of­fer­ing, Mpofu-Walsh does not care about com­mer­cial sales, he is shoot­ing from the hip. In a brave and dar­ing man­ner, he has skil­fully penned a lyri­cally ex­plo­sive al­bum.

Mpofu-Walsh – the son of well-known lawyer and politi­cian, Dali Mpofu – at­tended the Univer­sity of Cape Town, earn­ing an hon­ours de­gree in pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy and eco­nomics in 2012.

He holds an MPhil in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions from the Univer­sity of Ox­ford, where he was a mem­ber of the Rhodes Must Fall in Ox­ford move­ment.

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