Mu­si­cian strug­gles with roots in for­eign land

Mak­ing a name for him­self in hip-hop and other gen­res in far-off Poland

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

IF PAWET Mpho Chomon­towski were based in South Africa, he would fit right in with the “cool kid”' crew.

His new-age hip­pie look and state­ment cloth­ing would make you be­lieve he can be found among the colour­ful char­ac­ters of Braam­fontein or Arts on Main.

But the up­com­ing mu­si­cian is mak­ing his mark in War­saw, Poland, a place he has called home since he was 7.

The 25-year-old was born in Seshego, Lim­popo, and was adopted by a Pol­ish fam­ily while they were work­ing in South Africa.

Chomon­towski does not know much about his fam­ily here, some­thing he has found dif­fi­cult to live with over the years.

The only thing he still has that links him to his roots is his name, Mpho.

His birth fa­ther was ru­moured to be a priest in the Zion Christian Church, but not much else is known.

“I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by mu­sic,” he writes on his web­site.

In 2006, he recorded his first song, and hasn’t looked back since. Go­ing by the name H35 he has worked with Pol­ish pro­duc­ers Chris Car­son, NWS and Johnny Beats.

The vo­cal­ist, rap­per and MC in­de­pen­dently re­leased his first al­bum with the help of friends.

The hip-hop scene in War­saw has its own sub­cul­tures, and the genre has grown over the years.

The Wall War­saw Hip-Hop Fes­ti­val brings thou­sands of hip-hop fans to­gether ev­ery year.

The artist hopes one day to move into other gen­res like elec­tronic, in­die and rock.

He has used his mu­sic to talk about the chal­lenges he faces be­ing an im­mi­grant in a for­eign land, and how he tack­les them.

Grow­ing up in a place that was 99 per­cent white, Chomon­towski has strug­gled with his iden­tity.

All his life he has had a hard time con­nect­ing to the Pol­ish, but at the same time he has also had dif­fi­culty con­nect­ing with his own peo­ple.

This re­sulted in him bunk­ing school, sell­ing drugs and end­ing up in jail for a year.

His mu­sic speaks about all his sto­ries and just how far he has come.

His al­bum launch was well re­ceived in June.

The al­bum is ti­tled Szcz­erze w?tpi? which means “I sin­cerely doubt”. His first of­fi­cial video, Pro­logue, is avail­able on­line for down­load.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this young artist, visit his web­site

BORN IN SA: Seshego-born and Poland­based hip-hop artist Pawet Mpho Chomon­towski has re­leased his first al­bum.

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