The 24-year-old Siphosethu Thabethe AKA ‘Smash Shadow’ who is a local musician all the way from Mpumalanga Kamsogwabe, currently based in Pretoria, opens 2 small businesses. One being an online store that sells sneakers and the other are two car washes in his hometown Mpumalanga, he aims to empower youth by creating job opportunities.

Smash might be residing in Pretoria, but he has not forgotten where he comes from. He started his musical career in 2014 at the age of 17, “I got recognition in 2020, when I released my single titled “Baby Dad” it got over 45 000 streams.” said Smash.

He is currently working on a mixtape titled ‘’Up and Coming’’ which will be telling a story of a young Hip Hop artist in the industry, the experiences he has come across in the long run and what he wishes to accomplish throughout his career.

 ‘’You may expect it on the second half of the year, but there will be singles before it in the 1st half of the year’’ Smash said.  Smash is a Hip-Hop artist, a business entrepreneur and also a Journalism Student at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) doing his 3rd year. His musical journey has been experimental and also motivating at the same time.

According to Smash coming to Pretoria was actually a blessing in disguise because that is when he got his recognition in 2020. He came here to study but not only did he forget nor sleep on his music career he worked so hard until he was recognized in the industry. ‘’Inspiration behind my stage name is what Defines Me, Success! “Smash Shadow” means Successful Shadow’’ Smash said.

Byline: Palesa Maneli

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