Genre: Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop
Sounds Like: Hopsin, Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator
Bio: Kokstad-born rapper currently residing in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ByLwansta has established himself as a DIY musician and developed a new, more refined approach to his music. Lyricism is one of the strongest tools in his arsenal, with an exceptional ability to tell stories. He has also been able to apply his love and skill for design to package himself and his music as a recognizable brand. His live act is characterised by high energy, engaging performances and an honest eagerness to participate with the crowd. The enjoyment that ByLwansta takes in being on stage is almost tangible.
Since humble 2008 beginnings as a young 13 year old in Kokstad, ByLwansta has since has since built up an impressive catalogue including NORMVL (Nominated 2014 SA Hip Hop Awards Mixtape of the Year), Your Absolutely Right (2016) and 2019 SPIJØNGET Chapter One. Chapter One makes up the first part of a three part concept album and features Kickstand, the single released for European distribution on Kitsuné Music. These releases catalysed notable performances at Pop-Kultur (DEU), Kitsuné Afterwork (FRA), Hipnotik Music Festival (SWZ) and Zakifo Music Festival (ZAF). On the local circuit, ByLwansta featured on major platforms include Feel Good Series, Koolin in the City, Back to the City, DUT DigiFest, Red Bull 3-Style and more.
ByLwansta has also featured on several high profile video platforms. He was the first South African artist to feature on COLORS, featured on Red Bull 16 Bar Series and featured on the title track for Universal TV series Bulletproof. Goethe-Institut and OneBeat have recognised the artist’s ability, with ByLwansta being offered a one month artist residency in Berlin and one month fellowship in the USA by the respective institutions.
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