Welcome back to the third episode of the Shangazine Tsonga Rap Experience and we are chatting to Ezzi (C-Siders), one of the coolest Tsonga rappers.
Ezzi C-Siders whose real name is Thembani Confidence Maluleke is from a small village called Ntlhaveni Block C just outside Malamulele in Limpopo. His name combines the section of place he comes from, i.e. Block C and the group he plays for – C-Siders. He fell in love with music when he was very young and began writing his own music in 2003. For him, music means life, love and communication. When asked who inspires him, he said his mother, “she sings when she’s happy, sad, music communicates the mood she’s in.” Also, artists such as Paul Ndlovu, Peter Tenet, Jeff Maluleke and Tracy Chapman are also his inspiration. Ezzi believes Tsonga rap is a music genre that South Africa lacks, he says as much as they (Tsonga rap artists) are still building the music genre, they will definitely take over. Do you want to know why? Because “Tsonga rap has substance, there’s a story to tell. We speak to the people and we’ve got the ‘sauce’”, he said. Watch our talk with Ezzi (C-Siders) in the video below: