Sandi, a Johannesburg-based artist, blends hip-hop beats with dance, Kwaito, and queer narratives.
From a background in journalism to penning song lyrics inspired by artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas, Sandi started his musical journey in 2016.
He recently shared his journey with Spotify.
Despite initial inexperience, Sandi’s work gained traction on Soundcloud.
As a queer artist, it has not been easy in the Hip Hop Industry.
They further explained,
It’s a struggle for a lot of queer artists, trying to fit into a music industry that, for the most part, doesn’t see you, I’m also very blunt about my gender and my sexuality.
If you listen to ‘ICON,’ there’s a part where I’m like ‘I’m not a rapper telling you that I’m an icon.’
It’s me recognizing that I’m not a traditional rapper, and maybe you shouldn’t see me that way.
And that’s fine, because this is who I am, and I’m going to do things my way.”Sandi
They have learnt how to keep going despite the many challenges.
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