Ras poised for greatness as she leaves the soccer field for hip-hop

She was a lethal sharp-shooting striker, but "Ras Mighty" has ditched the soccer pitch to spit rhymes.

The 25-year-old from Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal, whose real name is Princess Nobuhle Ncamane, is the latest woman to break through the ranks of hip-hop and enjoy some street cred in the circles.

It's all thanks to her hot single Isigqoko sa Ras, which has put her in the promising position as the next best thing in rap. For a while, it looked like Ras would be a sought-after women's soccer star.

She played in the Sasol League with Executive Ladies soccer club's under-17 side as a lethal striker back home in Port Shepstone.

But things were not to be that way, and today she finds herself behind the mic and poised for greatness in rap.

Her mother passed away when she was just six in 1998 and she was raised by her father and stepmother.

The first of five children, Ras says her parents have been supportive of all her ambitions.

"They know they taught me well to do the right thing. They don't ask me too many questions," she says.

Ras took music up only when she got to tertiary at Gamalakhe TVET College, where she signed up for a popular music course.

While there she composed the song Daai Ding (Stunna) that she eventually took to Game Changer, the music producer she met on Facebook.

Ras sent him the song on WhatsApp and Game Changer didn't waste time as he invited her to travel to Johannesburg to start working together.

Last year she found herself in Johannesburg to pursue a full-time music career.

She recorded three songs in one day, including Isigqoko sa Ras.

The easy-on-the-ear trap tune will make music lovers sit up and notice her talent.

While she dreamt of a music career, what Ras really wanted was to manage artists.

But now she has embraced her place in rap and sees herself as a role model. She is experimental in her approach and doesn't want to be boxed.

"I don't do any specific genre but I do good music.

"I also feel that there are too many men in hip-hop and we need more women to get in that space. We have to do it," Ras offers.

Back home in KZN, Ras says she wants to send the message that young people should not limit themselves and be fearless with their dreams.

"People at home are shocked at what I do. They all knew me as a soccer player and now here I am singing. They never knew that I could sing.

"I see myself as an example of what young people can do. It doesn't matter where you come from or how hard it may be to get your foot in, it all comes down to how badly you want it. It's all in the mind."

She also wants to bring facilities an inch closer to the youth of Port Shepstone.

"I wish to have studios at home, to be known and have agents overseas. I also want to change the life of my family so that my sisters can have a better life than mine."

Filling up stadiums and being a sought-after musician seems a possibility given her commitment to the craft and raw talent.

It's only a matter of time before Ras takes her rightful place in rap and is a force to be reckoned with even outside South African borders.

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