Gaborone, Botswana – South Africa’s youngest high-riding rapper, songwriter and record producer, Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo (22) known professionally as Nasty C was in the country recently courtesy of the Pop Bottles Entertainment movement which was held at Bojanala Waterfront, Gaborone. The SMA hitmaker signed to Universal Music Africa shined on stage as he gave the copious Botswana revellers a spectacular performance.
The pint-sized artist born in Diepkloop, SOWETO and raised in Durban gained public recognition after releasing his mixtape Price City (2012) which produced the successful single Juice Back.
Speaking to Botswana Unplugged recently before jetting off to his native country, South Africa, Nasty C said despite his erstwhile performance in Botswana a few years ago, he was happy to be back in the country and receiving genuine love thanks to his ‘epic’ Bojanala Waterfront performance.
“I missed Botswana. I haven’t been here for a while. Judging from my performance I wish to do this more often. This was truly a nice welcome back moment for me,” said Nasty C. The multi award-winning artist comes to Botswana after a stint in Japan where he had gone to widen his musical sphere.
“I went to Japan courtesy of one of my endorsements, Red Bull Energy drink, a befitting dream come true. I went there to get inspired. I am an artist after all so I need inspiration to better my craft. I want to do more and work with different other artists.”
Quizzed about his new single SMA, ‘the coolest kid in Africa’ said in as much as he tries to always keep his social life private, he is after all human and sometimes he will give fans a glimpse into his closet.
“It’s a real story, something that happened to me and my girlfriend in high school. It’s truly a special song for me, quite intense and emotional. I didn’t shy away from expressing myself especially on how I felt about certain situations. Most of the time I just listen to the beats and I freestyle so that’s how most of the time I compose my music. It really depends on the mood sometimes.”
As one of the biggest acts in the South African music scene and a front runner and game changer on the continent, Nasty C further stated his sophomore effort, ‘Strings And Bling’ has been RISA certified Platinum with over 46 million streams.
The album spawned two multiplatinum singles with “King” and “SMA” as well as platinum singles “Jungle” and “Strings And Bling.” He continues to dominate the industry by being a front runner and game changer. He attributed his success to the immense and unwavering support he gets from across the African continent.
“Obviously the support come in different sizes. I can’t compare Botswana to Nigeria for instance because of population sizes. However, I do appreciate all the support from across Africa with RSA being home and my base support.”
Currently focussed on expanding his music, the SMA hitmaker said he would probably return to Botswana soon with his album tour and hope to cover more African countries in future.
He added that his team is working around the clock to finalise all the tour dates. Quizzed about what keeps him grounded despite his universal success, Nasty C credited his parents for raising him under stern African family principles.
His music accolades perches him to the many star-studded SOWETO-born stars that have shaken the world with their exploits. With the launch of Tall Racks Records and the help of his brand partners Universal Music, Axe, Puma, Red Bull and Mercedes Benz, Nasty C has made the conscious effort to uplift his generation and to inspire them to be creative, to have confidence and above all to be their authentic selves.
“Tours and international invitations include Germany, Netherlands, Botswana, Zambia, Spain, Namibia, Ghana, The United Kingdom, Uganda, Nigeria, Australia”, Hype Festival (Oberhausen, Germany), Guvnor’s DJ Snap off Party (Kampala, Uganda), Four-city tour in Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth), Change A Life Concert (Harare, Zimbabwe), Kaya Fest (Nairobi, Kenya), Otto Zutz Fest (Barcelona, Spain).”