Sotho-Hop rapper Skebz D says he dreams of seeing the music industry of Lesotho taking a different opportune turn for local artists.
Just a few weeks after he was honoured at Everything Live event, the rapper took Newsday down his musical journey.
Born Mokebe Mohasoa, Skebz D has managed to stay relevant over the years while many artists stood and fell in the musical journey.
The Sotho-Hop rapper gave his take on why he believes he got hand-picked to headline the last Everything Live event.
â€œI think I got the chance to be the first artist to headline the Everything Live because I have been working hard on building my name and Sotho-Hop brand regardless of the challenges of the local music and entertainment industry,â€ the muso said.
He added, â€œI was also the teamâ€™s first choice more so because I am never afraid of a challenge, and I think this was transparent to the Everything Live team.
Skebz D spoke on how his life as an artist has been affected by Everything Live.
â€œI am forever grateful for the platform I was afforded, on a silver platter even. The show was exceptionally organised. Subsequent to the event, more doors have opened up for me as a performing artist,â€ he revealed.
He mentioned that he hopes and prays that other artists could also get a chance to get on the Everything Live stage.
â€œI hope other artists get a chance to get the thrill of being honoured and celebrated while they are still alive as many only get credited for their efforts after they have passed on.â€
Some of the doors that opened wider for Skebz D include the re-ignition of his fan base.
â€œMy social media following and Instavoice following have increased since the eventâ€™s coverage and I am very grateful.â€
â€œThe fact that I have managed to pull off a successful and polished performance from the event alongside a live band means that I can secure better bookings,â€ said Skebz D adding that there is more appreciation shown.
â€œI am observing a better appreciation for my live sets than my regular backtracks performances and this is changing my thoughts to approach the Skebz D brand,â€ mentioned Skebz D.
Filled with excitement he also noted that there are a lot of artists and organisers from South African who have shown interest.
â€œI am receiving offers to get airplay and collaborations from South Africa following my feature on the event,â€ said Skebz D adding that the exposure was opened up by the streaming live on the Everything Live Facebook page.
â€œGetting views from across the globe I believe that helped me get more fans. I find this a remarkable opportunity for me as an artist to market myself as an artist more and build and improve. This has surely proven that I am a quality brand,â€ said Skebz D.
He stressed that artists have to stay real to themselves and their cultural background.
â€œArtists have to take note of the importance of investing in their crafts due to the nature of the industry being unpredictable and cutthroat,â€ advised Skebz D.
Skebz D also mentioned that artists should stay focused and relevant.
â€œAs artists we have to strive to be relevant in all different spheres to gain recognition and more over ensure that we are disciplined to the craft,â€ he said.