Independent Spotlight: Focalistic

            Focalistic is a popular South African rapper who pursued football before his musical career as a rapper. He is fondly referred to as Pitori Maradona. Focalistic was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa and established his music following while studying at the University of Pretoria, graduating in 2017. He believes it is important for him to relate to his listeners through real storytelling and sentiment. 

            His single “Fakmali” debuted at number one on the YFM Hip Hop music charts. From then he released a lot of singles over the years with many artists including Cassper Nyovest, Major League Djz, and Jazzi Disciples. In April of 2020, he Focalistic released his single “Ke Star” that went certified gold with 25,000 sales. He would also release his album “Quarantined Tarantino” with features from Senzo Afrika and Zingah. He would release another album in 2020 called “Sghubu Ses Excellent” with almost every song having a feature. His remix to “Ke Star” featuring Davido and Virgo Deep was released in February of 2021 and would chart at number 16 on Billboard Top Triller Global Chart in the U.S. At the 2021 All Africa Music Awards he received nominations for Best Male Artist, Artist of the Year, Best African Collaboration, Best Artists African Dance, Best Artist in African Electro, Break Out Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year. In September 2021 he headlined AmaFest Tour in the UK to promote the Amapiano genre. 

You can listen to Focalistic on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GJMSZ7M3D0KyyKRhYgWju?si=sMmfipFbQjyG53HfITutsw

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