FOR rapper, poet and instrumentalist, Relebohile “Atrax” Mathetse, music is just but a conduit to relay the word of God and reach as many people as possible with the gospel.
In an interview with the Weekender this week, Atrax revealed that he is spurred on by Mark 16:15 which states: “And He said unto them, ‘go to all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.’”
Like most young people growing up, the Thetsane-based muso said he would indulge in various misdeeds to try to look cool to his peers.
However, he had his Damascene moment in 2010 after being “saved by the Lord”.
“I tried almost everything that was forbidden, and even ventured into borderline illegal practices which I am even ashamed to go into detail on,” said Atrax.
“Believe you me, I experimented with many things until a friend invited me to church where I realised that my life could be transformed without the need to be notorious.”
The inspiration for his music, he said, is drawn from the Bible, although he also looks up to other musicians such as American gospel muso, Kirk Franklin.
“For me, music is a reflection of life and a universal language that appeals to everyone. As a long time fan of Hip Hop and a disciple of Christ, I believe the fusion of the two is the best way to express myself and proclaim the good news,” Atrax said.
“I believe that everything in the bible is from God’s heart since it is described as His word. As poetry is the spoken word, I believe that God is a poet just as I am, hence the album’s title.”
A member of popular contemporary gospel group, The Disciples, he recently released his debut solo project, Heart of A Poet. The 15-track album features such tracks as This Is How, Alter Call, Kingdom Kids and Dreams.
In the album, Atrax delves into the trials and tribulations people go through, and how they can turn to God who can save them.
“Through the album, I proclaim His holiness, greatness and glorify His name. The tracks speak of how I became saved and the impact that God’s mercy has had on me,” he said.
“As I rap about my faith, my ultimate goal is to reach out to as many hearts as possible through music which is a language that unites all.”