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Kwesta on quitting being a Jomo Cosmos Captain for Rap

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Growing up in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, only a few know that Kwesta had a bright future mapped out as a professional soccer player, captaining Jomo Cosmos. Regardless of his dedication to the sport, his passion secretly lay in his notebook, writing pages of raps and poetry.

In 2005, Kwesta made the bold decision to follow his heart, hang up his boots, and turn away from a professional career in a highly lucrative industry. With the support of friends and family, he crowd-funded R2500 from listeners of a local Soweto community radio station to get himself to Durban for a few impromptu shows. This was the first opportunity he got to drop his poetic beats in clubs, bars and anywhere else that would have him.

Now 10 years later, Kwesta is one of SA’s biggest household names in rap with seven SAMA awards under his belt and his hit single Ngud’ going 5x platinum off his own Rap Lyf Records. His international schedule has seen him open arena shows for T.I.’s 2017 Hustle Gang Tour and produce one of the top five freestyles of 2017 with his appearance on the Sway In The Morning radio show.

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