Zolani Lucas Ponco, a.k.a ‘Pzho’was born and raised in Umtata, Eastern Cape. In 1999, he moved with his mother to the Western Cape, living in Wallacedine, then Kraaifontein and finally Khayelithsa. He soon found a home among the early hip-hop movement in the area, coming across underground ‘spaza’ artists mixing isiXhosa with township slang. Later, Pzho drew inspiration from vernacular rappers Cassper Nyovest and Kuli Chana. His first local hit ‘Where’s the Law?’ was recorded with Lungile ‘Broken Xhosa’Ludidi in 2004.
Pzho is one of a growing community of conscious rappers hailing from South Africa’s main urban settlements. They inform their audiences about social issues neglected by the mass media, without imposing opinions or forcing action.
Pzho says “Conscious rap speaks directly to the problems facing many South Africans. I’m conscious of what’s happening around me. There are so many social ills – alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and HIV.
“Music is one of the few things that keep young people inspired. Hip hop in South Africa has taken a different turn in that more artists are making music that resonates locally and creates awareness of issues.
Pzho has Peformed in_
King William’s town
and his music has been aiplayed and had interviewes on radio/station such as:
- Good Hope Fm
- Kumkani Fm
4.Fort here fm
- Radio Zibonele
- Bush Radio fm
- Khanya fm
- Cape Town TV [CTv]
- Mdantsane fm
- SABC2 [Morning Live]
- East Coast Radio.
his 3rd studio album titled Fun punishment will be released on digital stores.
you can listen to his single titled mandelaz from his project Fun Punishment.
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