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A lyrically explosive debut from Mpofu-Walsh

By Patience Bambalele | 2017-09-16 08:37:39.0

Rapper, activist, and author Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, pictured, is a young man with big ideas.

This is evident on his debut album Democracy Delusion. The album accompanies his first book, which is a collection of essays of the same title.

Born in 1989, Mpofu-Walsh released his album a week ago through Native Rhythms Records. He says he chose rap to tell his story because the genre was an incredible platform that has been used to voice social ills.

His controversial album is packed with powerful messages and his observation of South African politics and economic problems.

"I hope we can use rap to spark a new conversation and conscientise a new generation.

"We can use rap to change young people's minds and inspire them to strive for more."

The young rapper believes that hip-hop is a difficult genre, even though people give rappers little credit.

Having started rapping in the group Entity with AKA and Nhlanhla Makenna, he defines rap music as a total brain exercise. "Rap is difficult because it requires artists to memorise everything, and time it as well."

"It is about poetry and linguistics while you are thinking about reaching the audience. Rap is a fascinating brain puzzle," he says.

Born in Johannesburg, he says rap has grown to be one of the biggest genres, and it is a commercial phenomenon.

But in his latest offering, Mpofu-Walsh does not care about commercial sales, he is shooting from the hip. In a brave and daring manner, he has skilfully penned a lyrically explosive album.

Mpofu-Walsh - the son of well-known lawyer and politician, Dali Mpofu - attended the University of Cape Town, earning an honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 2012.

He holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a member of the Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford movement.