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Nsikazi rapper’s kwaito and hip-hop infused song gets positive feedback

The versatile musician said his song, "iVisa", has received some airplay on a local radio station since its release in December last year.

Dominic Hlophe, stage name ‘Dominic the Poet’, said his song “iVisa” has received positive feedback since its release in December and is much loved by his supporters.

“The song came with a new style of poetry, hip-hop and kwaito as well. It is a vibey song and is about township lifestyle. It has received attention from radio stations such as Ligwalagwala FM for a week in April, and it increased the number of supporters of my music,” Hlophe said.

This rapper, poet and songwriter said the song was produced by a local producer, named Phakza. “I wrote the song in my beloved language, Siswati. It showcases the unique talent I have for music and poetry.”

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Hlophe said he fell in love with these genres when he was in Grade Five and was inspired by some well-known kasi rap and kwaito artists such as Msawawa and Mzambiya.

“In 2012, I composed my first poem, called ‘Liphupho lami’, which is about my journey and dreams of becoming one of the greatest artists in Mpumalanga and South Africa. From there, I never looked back, and continued to pen down more educational, motivational and entertaining poems. In 2016, I released my first poetry album, Buntfu betfu, consisting of 10 Siswati poems. I managed to do this after fundraising campaigns at taxi ranks and bus terminals in Mbombela.”

Hlophe said he established his record label, Dominic Records, in 2020 and is working towards building a music studio to uplift local and young talents in KaBokweni and surrounds.

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“I am still hustling to build my music brand, so more singles can be expected soon. I am not yet working towards a bigger project like an album or EP, but it is definitely in the pipeline for the near future,” he said.

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