Zolani Lucas Ponco, a.k.a ‘Pzho’was born and raised in Umtata, Eastern Cape. In 1999, he moved with his mother to the Western Cape, living in Wallacedine, then Kraaifontein and finally Khayelithsa. He soon found a home among the early hip-hop movement in the area, coming across underground ‘spaza’ artists mixing isiXhosa with township slang. Later, Pzho drew inspiration from vernacular rappers Cassper Nyovest and Kuli Chana. His first local hit ‘Where’s the Law?’ was recorded with Lungile ‘Broken Xhosa’ Ludidi in 2004.
Pzho is one of a growing community of conscious rappers hailing from South Africa’s main urban settlements. They inform their audiences about social issues neglected by the mass media, without imposing opinions or forcing action.
Pzho says: “Conscious rap speaks directly