Warner Music South Africa announces new partnership with multi-talented MC, Bigstar Johnson. The first single ‘Sgubu’, featuring Kwesta, will be released on 3 August and is destined to be a SA hip-hop classic. His debut album is scheduled for release at the end August.
Says Big Star Johnson, “Currently I’m at a place where I’m the most comfortable I’ve ever been in the industry. And I’m finally at a place where I feel I can express myself, so I’m hella excited about the future and what it holds for me .
‘Me & Mines’ is about to bless the nation with some variety. And signing a licensing deal with Warner allows me to make these ideas I got a reality. Above all else, I’m most looking forward to meeting my daughter for the first time and seeing the world react to the type of music I love making .”
“We are thrilled that Bigstar Johnson has chosen Warner Music South Africa as his home. He is such a talented artist and an even better human being. The album is spectacular, we can’t wait for the world to hear it”. says Tracy Fraser, MD of Warner Music South Africa.
In a competitive SA hip-hop scene, Bigstar Johnson made a name for himself as the first winner of the reality hip-hop competition, The Vuzu Hustle Season One. In truth, the started the journey well before that, honing his craft over his formative years, to become the MC. The groovy lyricist’s infectious feel good energy has gone on to captivate us through the airwaves and music festival’s alike, with tracks such as, ‘My Year’, ‘Flavors’ & ‘Just To Flex’
Coming from a musical background, Bigstar Johnson, real name Tumelo Rakumako always knew that a life in music was his destiny.
The first time Tumelo got a taste of the stage was in 2003 where he entered a talent competition in his school with a group of his friends, where they rapped and came out second place. Bigstar Johnson spent most of his high school years focused on musical theatre where he harnessed and developed his passion for the arts. In early 2007, Tumelo determined to set himself apart from other rappers, embarked on a journey that saw him learning to play multiple instruments, including drums, keyboard, bass guitar and even a little acoustic guitar.
Bigstar Johnson came to life in 2012 when he decided to embark on his solo career as a rapper and got his big break in 2015 when he won the reality hip-hop competition, The Vuzu Hustle Season 1 which landed him a Management deal with the Vth Season and he hasn’t looked back.
Bigstar Johnson describes his role in the rap game as the MC who will fuse good music with good lyricism. Early signs are that he will excel.
He has performed at some major music festivals across the country and has shared the stage with some of the most prominent and successful artists in the South African Music industry; The Soil, Zakes Bantwini and Cassper Nyovest as well as legends Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and the lateBra Hugh Masekela, to name a few.
He was a recent winner of the global music conference MIDEMs prestigious incubator programme in Cannes. His opening night performance was the talk of the conference in many circles.
Bigstar Johnson – Sgubu…..It’s going to be memorable.