Since 2008 when he appeared on the SABC show Jam Alley and won their Versus TV competition, MarazA has perennially been one or of South Africa’s most promising young MCs on the cusp of blowing up. The now 27 year old who cut his teeth as a poetry slam performer and battle rapper made the transition into a fully fledged rapper and has released a series of impressive singles and his debut album Smithsonian One back in 2014.
Two years removed from that project MarazA released the 6 track AM EP earlier this year which also featured his lead single Gwan.
What I have found interesting about MarazA’s return is how it is evident that he has revamped his approach to the industry and seems to have assembled a competent machine to drive his efforts. Unlike 2014 when I remember seeingMarazA venting on Vuzu about his lack of finances and connections to buy his way onto radio and mainstream notoriety. Inexplicably, MarazA also did not release a video for Siyadlala ( his biggest hit at the time, though he did hint that a disagreement resulted in him having to nix the video due to costs).
This time around, backed by a certified banger of a song in Gwan, MarazA seems to have found a way to garner an incredible amount of radio and media push behind him. He has made recent appearances on Vuzu, MTV, Live Amp (where he also premiered the video for Gwan) and Channel O’s Turn Up
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