Take a good look at this face, because it’s going to be around quite A LOT in 2016! Star-on-the-rise WUNDA cause serious waves on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his super smooth effort, We On. So before his worldwide hype really kicks in, get to know this South African hip-hopper.
NLM: I need to ask this question straight off – is Wunda your real name?
W: Yes & No. It’s a nickname my mom gave to me at birth & I’m currently in the process of putting it on my ID documents officially.
NLM: What’s the rap game like in South Africa? Is there anything you would change (or not)?
W: It’s on the rise, the quality of our music is definitely improving. The one thing I feel needs to change is our huge focus on pushing numbers. I get it, I know they don’t lie but what begins to happen is artists rush their albums because they’ve got one hit single that needs a follow-up. Which begs the question “what about making the classic album?”
NLM: You dropped your track We On a couple of months ago on SoundCloud. What’s the reception been like since its release?
W: It’s been great! It’s beginning to heat up. I have high hopes for that single & once radio begins to spin it, I believe it will make big waves.
NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?
W: It’s new, It’s fresh & nothing like what they’re used to hearing.
NLM: You have pretty neat discography on SoundCloud. What’s your proudest work and why?
W: Thank you! Woah that’s a tough one. Well Night lights is one of my favourites but We On has this smooth & authentic bounce which I’m really proud to have achieved. I have to commend Gordo for his production on that record.
NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in music?
W: All I’ve ever wanted to do was to make music. Well & design cars & shoes… At the age of 5 I could recite entire songs and my sisters would be so shocked because they couldn’t, so they encouraged me to follow this dream. Ultimately it’s always been music & it’s always going to be music.
NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?
W: My mother. She has some pipes on her. But from a lyrical & performance stand point, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Nwa, Nas, Kanye west… I’m a fan of a lot of music so list is really long.
NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?
W: Adele. Without a doubt!
NLM: What are your plans for 2016 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?
W: In 2016 I plan to drop my debut album titled By Design; I plan to tour Brasil & to shoot awesome videos for some of the tracks on the album.
NLM: How can potential fans reach you?
W: They can follow me on twitter my handle is @wundaoftheworld also like and follow my band page on Facebook Wundaoftheworld & for more music they just search for Thewunda on Soundcloud.
NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?
W: Wow It’s difficult to imagine a world without my first love but I would most definitely design cars & shoes.