Xhosa rapper is raising the bar

From the dusty streets of King William’s Town to the City of Gold, vernac rapper Lolo Vandal is taking his Xhosa rhymes to a new level.

STAR RISING: Lolo Vandal is taking his Xhosa raps to the next level with his second album due to be released next month Picture: SUPPLIED

The 24-year-old has been featured in the country’s biggest hip-hop magazine, Hype Magazine, while his music has been playlisted on some of the country’s top stations.

He is also in the process of releasing his second album next month.

Lolo Vandal, whose real name is Zuxole Ngetu, released his first rap song in 2007.

Speaking to the Saturday Dispatch yesterday, Ngetu said his move to Johannesburg had opened many doors for him and he could not wait to take his music mainstream.

“I have been working with a lot of people in the industry and I believe that I am ready to be received by mainstream now. Currently there is no Xhosa rapper representing us and I want to do exactly that,” he said.

He debut album titled Inyembezi ZomXhosa was released in 2012 while his latest project is due to be released next month.

Ngetu said he had worked with vocalists such as Mpumie and Jazbuda on the album.

“The album has been produced by Lloyd from King and Sthembiso Twala, who is the producer of The Soil,” he said.

Ngetu said he would focus on building his brand this year, but also has plans to go back to university as he quit in 2013 during his second year of social sciences at the University of Fort Hare due to financial problems.

“Things were not easy at home even on my first year. (My family) sacrificed a lot for me to go study but when I saw that things were hard I had no other option but to quit,” he said.

After quitting, Ngetu used his time to focus on his first love.

“I did shows around the province and my music was also doing well at various stations across the country,” he said.

Ngetu said he applied to the University of Johannesburg to finish his degree but could not get a bursary.

“Initially I thought I would finish school while doing my music but things didn’t go my way. I am focusing on music and I am giving it my all,” he said. — poliswap@dispatch.co.za