Anointed Atlas, the new Tupac?

2018-07-22 00:00
City Press

Johannesburg - A man of many talents, 34-year-old Mpho Sebokgoe is a rapper, model, and music and fashion label owner. He also calmly informs me that critics regard him as the new Pac (as in Tupac Shakur), though whether that’s an accurate comparison is debatable.

He does appear to be particularly concerned with his community and surrounds, something he says is crucial to the output of an artist. Living this philosophy, Sebokgoe is a campaign ambassador for an initiative between the basic education department and Unicef, which focuses on bullying.

He’s at the helm of his own label, but is yet to drop a full-length album. That being said, Sebokgoe tells me one is on the way, named The Frontier, and will be out in September.

Known as Atlas, he tells me where he gets inspiration from: “My energies are a work of divine grace. I just write ideas, but the lyrics of my songs come to me by revelation, kind of like I’ve prophesied what could and would happen globally in these last days. Also, the daily ills I see relative to my society or the world at large.”

For our interview, Sebokgoe was wearing some of his own apparel with the word ‘Atlas’ printed on it.

(Photo: Mpumelelo Buthelezi/ City Press)

His singles Where’z The Love, Gunz No More and Unconditional Love have garnered the attention of a few South African blogs and news publications. The music is rooted in emotion and includes strong messaging, much like the approach of artists like Tupac. That being said, I feel like Sebokgoe needs to elevate the intricacy in his work so that it doesn’t get lost in the realm of the expected. But I will hold back my thoughts on his work until the album comes out.

Check out Sebokgoe’s singles on YouTube to get a sense of the man.

Follow Atlas on social media using the following handles: @anointed_atlas on Instagram; @AnointedAtlas on Twitter; and Anointed Atlas on Facebook.

Read more on:    local music  |  music


Hamba kahle, Johnny Clegg

48 minutes ago
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.