- As a country artist as a youth, hip-hop duo “Stino Le Thwenny” captured the hearts of South African listeners.
- Offering authentic music for people to connect with. Still, their quest to get ahead was also challenging.
The makers of Mshimane 2.0 from Bloemfontein spoke at IOL Entertainment about their careers and the challenges they face as young people in the industry.
Tell me about your voice?
We’re from Bloemfontein, and that’s what our voices shout – Bloom! We also love South African music; we are blessed to be from here. So we combine a lot of things, but in a small way.
When and how did you realize that music was your future?
What challenges do you and other young people face today?
For us, our goal is to introduce new sounds to the industry. It disposition be challenging to get everyone to participate because it’s new, and it’s like changing the culture a little bit. As a young musician, there are many other challenges.
Including contracts, quick fixes in the fast industry, capital, uniqueness. Can you stand out? Can you be authentic? Can we connect with your music? There are many challenges; you need to know what you want.
What is your role model in this industry?
There are a lot of people we see for various reasons. First, we looked at artists who stayed original and stuck to their voices like Sho Madjozi, King Monada, Okmalumkoolkat, and the Brotherhood of Amapiano. Then we saw the pioneers in hip-hop and those who paved the way for us and proved that it’s possible to succeed in genres like K.O., Khuli Chana, Kwesta, Major League.
And of course, those who make us fall in love with music like Tkzee, HHP, Tuks, Msawawa, Prokid, Skwatta Camp, Morale.
How do I stay grounded also focused?
We know what we want, which helps us stay away from the public and the drama. So it’s very significant for us to remain disciplined and focused on the plan. It’s like taking an oath.
Your greatest success?
Our most significant achievement so far is having three high-rotation hits on the national platform. A song that contains some of our idols. We have a “Cele” with the participation of Kwesta. We have “Mshimane 2.0” with K.O., Khuli Chana, and DJs from Major Leagues. Finally, “Build,” a song by Khuli Chana with Stino Le Thwenny, Tyler ICU, and Lady Du. It shows that we are doing well and that we are at a higher altitude.
What does youth day mean to you?
It is a constant reminder that youth is the future. It reminds us that when we appear together, as young people, we will be heard. This is a reminder that something that happened in 1976 did not occur in vain. We have to keep working for what we believe in.