RAPPER Seepane “SepDz” Ntšaba says he has put the controversy surrounding his Leqe Leqe song behind him with a new album set to drop later this year.
The track was inspired by remarks made by a politician in 2013 which were construed to mean he was abusing government funds. As a result, Leqe Leqe did not get any airplay on the airwaves after SepDz was accused of wading into politics. However, the Ha re sa Ratana hit-maker refuted allegations of political affiliation during his performance at the Miss Crown Royale pageant on Sunday, saying Leqe Leqe delved on a topic that was trending at the time.
“The song was never meant to cause any political harm as many people interpreted it, I just thought of making a track on an issue that was trending at the time,” said SepDz.
The Khubetsoana-based muso said the “banning” of the song came as a shock to him stifled his creativity.
“Being denied airplay became a drawback for me since I was just being creative with a hot topic for the entertainment of Hip Hop fans,” he said.
“It took time for me to come to terms with it and even prompted me to leave the group OGM and take the solo route. After being denied exposure, it is not easy for an artist to continue with their career.”
SepDz said he took a short musical sabbatical and volunteered at the Aids Health Foundation. Thereafter, he went back to the studio to work on Ha re sa Ratana which was released in June this year and earned rave reviews.
His upcoming eight-track album, Olympus Has Fallen, is set to feature such tracks as Jonna ‘M’e Oe, Tšoara Papa and ‘98 among others.
On what fans can look forward to in the album, SepDz said his inimitable sound would not change, although the offering will feature the talents of various producers.
“I try to tell Kasi (ghetto) stories in my music and I believe the ghetto language I use in my rap distinguishes me from the others,” he said.
“I am all about having fun and releasing club anthems, till I go “Leqe like Mahaltere.”