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Dilo Tlhakana: A Township Story of Hustle & Hope

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Bugzito, real name Tshepo Bakang Seagiso, is a man who wears many hats and I’m not talking about the bucket hats he frequently sports on our tv screens. He is a rapper and established actor, having found a home in Mzansi Magic’s nail-gripping soapie, The River as Charlie back in 2019.

With his on-screen career taking flight, landing him multiple roles in various shows, Seagiso made the time to hone another passion of his. He fell in love with music at an early age, listening to the likes of Molemi, Zola, Tupac, and various Kwaito artists who fueled his creativity to try his hand at rapping.

His musical influences, despite their mainstream success, were known to tackle societal issues that not many artists dared to speak of.

This spoke to Bugzito, who in his music, narrates real-life matters that connect him to his listeners. It was then that he began dabbling in the rap style dubbed Sprakathi, Pretoria slang for “conversion.”

Dilo Tlhakana, sitting at 17 tracks long with features from the likes of Skillo and Marcus Harvey, is heavily influenced by Kwaito.

It highlights Bugzito’s trials and triumphs, from personal struggles to the hardships of independence and finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, with some lighthearted moments in between.

“It’s a combination of street anthems, high energy beats, slow groove accompanied by self-introspective storytelling mostly narrated through the Pitori Rap Style, Sprakathi,” explains Noma Ndlovu.

Dilo Tlhakana speaks of hope and ultimate victory, that no matter what struggles you may face, dilo tlhakana in the end.

Listen below:

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