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Hip hop is in his blood

'Every song is just love and passion'

“I didn’t decide to do hip hop, it’s in my blood. It’s all I know,” Is how a local musician explained starting making hip hop music.

Tshepo Zibi popularly known as Bleszman is a hip hop artist from Simunye who eats, sleeps and drinks hip hop.

The name Bleszman comes from his school days, “I had a white hair in the middle of my forehead. They called me bleskop at school and I hated it but as time went on the name stuck and I embraced it. I later changed it to Bleszman,” He explained.

His manager Khotso Mofokeng describes Bleszman as knowing the ins and outs of the South African music industry as Bleszman has been in the industry for over 15 years and is still going strong.

This talented artist likes to be in charge of his own music which means the end product is something he carved out with his own hands. “I produce my own music, I do my own recording and I write everything from scratch,” He said.

His music can be found on local music stations such as Metro FM as well as Lesedi FM. He also performs at venues around the West Rand.

Bleszman explained that his music process is relaxed in comparison to other artists, “Normally I just get a feeling at the time and I start writing. I just flow, so basically every song is just love and passion.”

His inspiration comes from the world around him, “It might be sad, bad, about parties or about attitudes. As a hip hop artist one has to maintain respect regarding one’s music,” Bleszman explained.

He looks up to local artists such as AMU and HHP. Internationally he favours the sounds of Dr. Dre and Tupac.

His most recent performance will take place on Youth Day at R Café in Simunye.

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