Ntsebo Lerotholi known professionally as Degrees of Light is a South African singer, songwriter actress and sound engineer. After pursuing a career in both music and acting, and a tireless passion and drive, she is about to release her debut solo single, Far Away, a 90s styled, smooth hip-hop soul track she wrote about her real life experience of heartbreak.
Born and raised in Mafikeng, her family moved to Bloemfontein when she was 11 years old. At age 16, Ntsebo was among the Top 9 in the Free State’s Volksblaad singing competition, Spontaan. After Matric she studied acting at AFDA Cape Town, where she formed an Afro-RnB singing duo called Nala.
In 2011, Ntsebo was among the Top 32 of MNET’s season 7 of SA IDOLS where she shared the stage with the Parlotones. After her Idols experience, she pursued a career in musical theatre where she performed in numerous productions including Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, toured the country doing children’s theatre and also appeared on Mzanzi Magic short films.
She is currently working on her first EP, After Dark, which is a laid back, mid-tempo, hip-hop soul/ RnB project she’s co-producing with a deep house and soul music producer, Soul in Transit. Far Away is the first single off After Dark and sees her bravely stepping out and into the limelight.
ICYMI: A-Reece, Nasty C & Reason Walk Away With VOTY Awards This Week
This week Wednesday saw the celebration of some of SA’s top lyricists at the second annual Verse of the Year Awards held in Braamfontein. Founded by hip hop veteran, Stogie T, the event celebrated artists who delivered the best verses over 2018.
The event honoured the best 10 verses that have been released in 2018. A-Reece and Ginger Trill were some of the wordsmiths awarded with Verse Of The Year statuettes.
The event was attended by industry leaders, music executives, artists and media who were all there to celebrate the true celebration of hip hop. Some of the winners of the awards were not mainstream artists so status in the industry had no status won who walked away with the coveted awards.
Guests included the Verse of the Year judges Stogie T, Zubz, Sabelo Mkhabela and Mercia Tucker. Also in attendance was YFM’s DJ Sabby, hip hop curators Helen Herimbi and Azizar Mosupi, Vth Season’s Ninel Musson and MTV’s Sandile Ntshingila amongst many others.
Here’s a list of the winners:
10: Laylizzy for his single TXI
9: Zakwe for the Sebentin Remix,
8: Jovislash for The Dagga Song
7: Ginger Trill for The High End Freestyle
6: Captain for The ReUp
5: Reason for Father Figure
4: Kid Tini for Movie
3: A-Reece for Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself Pt. 2,
2: Kwesta for Biskop
1: Rap superstar Nasty C took the overall prize with the best Verse of the Year award for his verse on the hugely popular track Wuz Dat
The most surprising but seemingly accepted winner was newcomer to the game, Touchline. He took home the Hennessy People’s Choice Award with over 700 public online votes.
We’ll have the interviews we had at the awards up next week, so do keep a keen eye on that!
What do you think about the list?