BigS­tar’s al­bum soars into or­bit

Muso stays firmly grounded to his South African roots

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo kgob­ot­lob@sun­day­world.co.za

Sum­mer is ap­proach­ing and lo­cal mu­si­cians are al­ready hard at work cook­ing hits that will help South Africans boo­gie on the dance floors come the fes­tive sea­son.

One of the artists who was an early bird this sea­son is Tumelo Raku­mako, pop­u­larly known as BigS­tar, who re­leased his de­but al­bum Me & Mines in Au­gust.

Even though his al­bum found it­self on top of iTunes on the same day it was re­leased, BigS­tar brushed aside the achieve­ment say­ing he was more in­ter­ested in the mes­sage he was spread­ing rather than run­away sales.

“It’s like mu­si­cians have for­got­ten the pur­pose they serve in the uni­verse. They are fo­cused on ev­ery­thing else but mu­sic. The shoes, hair, cars and ev­ery­thing else but the mu­sic,” he said.

The al­bum’s suc­cess has been at­trib­uted to the fame that his hit sin­gle Sgubu, fea­tur­ing hip-hop star Kwesta, at­tained.

BigS­tar said he was for­tu­nate to work with big artists in the mu­sic in­dus­try on his al­bum. The 12-track al­bum fea­tures Kaylo, Rouge, Jay Claude, Kwesta and other artists who he feels are stick­ing to the South African sound.

The 27-year-old artist used the foun­da­tion of win­ning the first real­ity mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion show The Vuzu Hus­tle in 2015 to build his ca­reer on. Win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion was a cul­mi­na­tion of work that started in the early years when he rapped with a group of friends and par­tic­i­pated in mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions.

Like many other artists, the church played a role in his love for mu­sic.

“I fell in love with in­stru­ments as I heard them play at church, then I de­cided to learn how to play them. With time I learnt how to play other in­stru­ments such as the gui­tar and key­board,” BigS­tar said.

Prior to his al­bum, he re­leased an EP ti­tled Tele­scope in 2016, which did not re­ceive as much re­ac­tion as his al­bum.

“Re­gard­less of how we grow mu­si­cally, we should keep the South African el­e­ment in our mu­sic and be proud of it. That is why I chose to have Kwesta on Sgubu, he has stuck to his roots,” he said.

BigS­tar re­leased his de­but al­bum ‘Me & Mines’ in Au­gust.

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