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BigStar Johnson

Rapper and winner of The Vuzu Hustle S1 joins Warner Music South Africa

In a competitive SA hip-hop scene, Bigstar Johnson made a name for himself as the first winner of the reality hip-hop competition, The Vuzu Hustle Season One. In truth, the started the journey well before that, honing his craft over his formative years, to become the MC. The groovy lyricist’s infectious feel good energy has gone on to captivate us through the airwaves and music festival’s alike, with tracks such as, ‘My Year’, ‘Flavors’ & ‘Just To Flex’

Coming from a musical background, Bigstar Johnson, real name Tumelo Rakumako always knew that a life in music was his destiny.

The first time Tumelo got a taste of the stage was in 2003 where he entered a talent competition in his school with a group of his friends, where they rapped and came out second place. Bigstar Johnson spent most of his high school years focused on musical theatre where he harnessed and developed his passion for the arts. In early 2007, Tumelo determined to set himself apart from other rappers, embarked on a journey that saw him learning to play multiple instruments, including drums, keyboard, bass guitar and even a little acoustic guitar.

Bigstar Johnson came to life in 2012 when he decided to embark on his solo career as a rapper and got his big break in 2015 when he won the reality hip-hop competition, The Vuzu Hustle Season 1 which landed him a Management deal with the Vth Season and he hasn’t looked back.

Bigstar Johnson describes his role in the rap game as the MC who will fuse good music with good lyricism. Early signs are that he will excel.

He has performed at some major music festivals across the country and has shared the stage with some of the most prominent and successful artists in the South African Music industry; The Soil, Zakes Bantwini and Cassper Nyovest as well as legends Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and the late Bra Hugh Masekela, to name a few.

He was a recent winner of the global music conference MIDEMs prestigious incubator programme in Cannes. His opening night performance was the talk of the conference in many circles.

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