Ask just about any young Zimbabwean artist who inspires them, and chances are they will name award winning South African Afro-pop star Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobo, better known as Nasty C.
A few weeks ago, this writer asked trending female star Tammy Moyo (“Tammy”), who she dreamt of collaborating with.
Her answer: “I would love to work with Nasty C, Sjava and Sho Madjozi. I love the way they execute their work. They speak truth so well through their music.”
This writer also asked dancehall chanter King 98 (real name Ngonidzashe Dongo) the same question.
King 98 responded, “Nasty C inspires me, what he has achieved makes me believe that I can achieve what I wish for as long as I work hard. I have worked with him on several projects and he has proved to be a brother from another land, he has given me an opportunity to perfom in places I never thought I would.”
This past week, The Southern Times Arts caught up with China-based Zimbabwean artist, Gerry Mapanzure, and he too had only good things to say about Nasty C.
“My favourite artist in Southern Africa at the moment would be Nasty C the rapper. His ability to switch his flow and lycrism is one that intrigues me. His level of artistry in and outside the music plus his push is a testament that it’s possible so I would choose him for a collaboration,” Mapanzure said.
So who is this Nasty C fella who Zimbabwean artists are raving about?
Born in Soweto and raised in KwaZulu Natal, Nasty C started his music journey at the age of none, and by the time he was 15 he had released his debut mix tape, “One Kid”. South Africa fell in love with the teenage rapper.
Now 23-years-old, Nasty C has a bunch of awards, and he has a contract with America’s Def Jam records, the major label associated with names such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and many other stars.
Source: Southern Times