The first instalment of #CarveSessions took place in a rather unorthodox manner as the fight against Covid-19 continues. Our first guest is the multi-talented rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, content creator and media influencer who goes by the name of Thabo Mahlwele famously known as Touchline. Born in Tembisa South Africa, Touchline has wowed masses with his jaw dropping dance moves and his storytelling gift through his lyrics.
In this lockdown period we have seen the rapper participate in a number of social media challenges that highlighted his skills. We had a chat to him about how the lockdown has made us turn to all things digital. Here is what he had to say.
“I heard that you’ve been praying for a rapper that actually represents you, not those that tweet humanity but their music neglects you” – Touchline
The year 2018 changed everything for Touchline as he broke into the scene with a heartfelt tribute to South African activist and mother of the nation Mama Winnie Mandela. The letter to Mama Winnie was to thank her for all she has done in hopes of us being free and for being the Mbokodo she is. The letter trended on social media and his tribute video also caught the eye of ChannelO, Trace Africa, Live and YoTV.
Touchline has dropped three projects so far which includes his mixtape S.O.O.N (Something Out Of Nothing) which shook the rap scene as he scooped Hype Magazines Freshman Of The Year 2018 as well as streaming over 25k in a short period of time.
As Touchline released his second project 18 Flow late 2018, it elevated him to a higher level as it accumulated over 200k streams across all platforms. The success of this project landed him on SlikourOnLife’s Verse Of The month twice as well as he received his first award for the Hennessy People’s Choice award for SlikouronLife’s Verse Of the Year for his amazing heartfelt word play on his single 5 Grand.
“You ain’t free until your only boss is you/ We ain’t free until cashiers at PicknPay smile at black people too/ We ain’t free until Thabo can learn to love again/ I ain’t free if I can give them my heart again/ We ain’t free until good people rule parliament/ We ain’t free until Khanyi Mbau is dark again
Cause black is beautiful” – Touchline
From performing on ground breaking hip hop stages like Back To The City, Castle Lite Unlocks, Rap Lyf’s Spring Break, Umshobelo freestyles on BET and the SA Hip Hop awards. The music continues to open other avenues for the rapper as we have seen him dabble into advertising and social media work for KFC and Southern Comfort.
19 Flow is the rappers third project which was released the end of 2019. The project tells stories about people raised in the township, most of which tackles the current socio-economic, political and psychological problems facing the youth and nation as a whole; and mainly putting a spotlight on the townships. 19 Flow was produced and engineered by Zolile Radebe, Shakespeare Nkosi and SbudaGwad. Hip hop heads are already calling it a classic, one can only wonder what they will say about the much anticipated 2020 debut album titled Ghetto Kids.
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