Muizenberg rapper Mwitwa Musunte, 21, who goes by the stage name “Real Evidence” says he dreamt of making music from the age of 4.
He grew up in a religious home and spent most days at church with his mother and father who is pastor.
“I remember hearing my mother sing and she sounded wonderful.”
In 2008, at the age of 9 he discovered American rapper Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Lil Wayne, and he says he knew then that hip hop was his kind of music.
His music, he says, also helped to build up his confidence at school.
“Kids used to mock me based on my appearance, and there were times when I did not feel like going to school, but now, I couldn’t be less bothered.”
When he got to high school, he had a chance to reinvent himself and change what people thought of him.
He then auditioned for a talent show and performed Rands and Nairas, by AB Crazy and DJ Dimplez.
“When I got on the stage, I felt awesome because all I heard were chants after my audition.”
He wrote his first song, My Only, when he was in Grade 9 during an Afrikaans period.
“It was for my then crush who also happened to be my best friend at the time.”
He released his song on Soundcloud and he says his classmates quickly warmed up to it.
One of his career highlights was when he was selected to perform at the International Kite Festival in Muizenberg in 2017.
Real Evidence is now studying business management at False Bay College and hopes to one day break into the South African hip-hop scene and be among his idols, Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C.
His 11-song album, A King Never Falls, will be released later this year on Spotify.