When rapper Cassper Nyovest’s song, Doc Shebeleza, was officially announced as Song of the Year at the 14th Metro FM Awards in Durban, the hip hop star credited its success to a 16-year-old producer from Limpopo province – after the pair met on Twitter.
His name is Fairness Musa Twala, now 17, the beat maker behind Doc Shebeleza hit single.
Nicknamed Sean Crazy, the high school student’s musical trip began at an early age of 12 when he found himself in a position of a Fruity Loops software – one of the most popular music production systems in the world.
The software and Twala’s friendship became inseparable; the more the young lad from Tzaneen, a small town in Limpopo province, spent time entertaining his new musical partner, the more his desire to make beats increasingly made his heart beat.
To his new mate’s credit, Fruity Loops exposed Sean’s hidden talent. Soon after his flair in music was unearthed, it took him 3 years to polish his production skills. Fortunately, being surrounded by equally talented friends – Mac Eleven and Coupe – was a bonus.
At 15, it was time for Sean to deliver his material to relevant artists, hoping to earn a collaboration deal – and one of the artists who made it into his emailing list was Refiloe Maele Phoolo, a.k.a Cassper Nyovest.
Impressed by his Twitter follower’s production, “Cassper Nyovest replied to me in 2013 after I met him on twitter, then we worked on Doc Shebeleza,” Sean told The Voice of SA.
Working with Cassper opened more doors for the rising star. Still excited about more offers that had reached his study room after his collaboration with the multi-award winning Nyovest, Sean – who hopes to work with international artists such as Wiz Kid, Davido, Big Sean, Drake and more – said: “After the release of Doc Shebeleza I got noticed and started working with new artists like Annati, DJ Speedsta, Emmy Gee and more.”
Now that the song – which was released as a tribute to a kwaito veteran, Doc Shebeleza – has been voted the biggest in the country, how does it feel being part of such a huge record?
‘I feel honoured, and proud of myself. It showed me that nothing is impossible through God,’ said Sean.
Sean doesn’t only make hip hop sound, his versatility could also be spotted in different kinds of genres such as pop, R&B house/dancehall and Nigerian sound.
Although Sean – whose dreams include releasing more music, owning a car and buying a house before he reaches 21 – spends more time making music, he is still focused on doing well at school. He will pursue career in music full time after completing matric (grade 12).
“I believe in my dreams and I know they’ll come true,” the optimistic Sean concluded.