Pitori Maradona also known as Focalistic, has dreams that he openly spoke about and still does, as Mzansi keeps witnessing him achieve them. The star had a dream to take Amapiano music internationally and he has done that considering being recognised by American music legends including Diddy, Alicia Keys, and Swizz Beats as they were seen dancing to ‘Ke Star.’
The young artist also has dreams of winning a Grammy award and this is quite something Focalistic has been speaking on recently. “I haven’t dropped an album yet, only EP’s and reason being I will drop an album when I know the whole world is watching. For me now is about solidifying the sound and showing people where it’s gonna go. I also wanna win a Grammy so I’m putting that in the universe. I wanna win a Grammy with my first album,” said focalistic on his interview with Kaya FM.
Focalistic dropped several EP’s between the year 2020 and the year 2021, and he has not yet dropped an album considering the plans he has for his first album and how people usually turn to judge albums compared to Extended Plays (EP). “I haven’t released an album because of the stigma that people have put around the albums, so I’m usually having fun with the music. I don’t want people to box it like ‘debut album ya Focalistic, gare utlwe gore first track o bolela kang’ and people tend to listen to an album with a very critical ear, so when it’s an EP, you’re free to play around.”
Born and bred in Pretoria the 24 years-old Focalistic saw more fame and recognition outside South Africa with ‘Ke Star’ featuring Vigro Deep, which later gained a collabo with Nigerian Afrobeat star Davido. Both the original song and remix have made headlines and toped charts. Original ‘Ke Star’ song won song of the year in the year 2020 on SABC1 and topped the US global chart which happened to be SA’s first song to do so, while the remix topped charts in Nigeria, officially introducing Amapiano in Nigeria.
By: Mpho Khena.