It is often said that a jack of all trades is a master of none, is that the case of upcoming South African entertainer and rap star LB Twala, definitely not. Main Koon as he is widely known by his thousands of followers and admirers alike, is prove that one man can do it all.
The multi-faceted entertainment prodigy to our surprise is a Medical student at the University of Cape Town, a top ranking Medical school on the continent of Africa. He showered his viewers during the lockdown with countless creative and entertaining content, performing arts and endless catch phrases, you will be left well fed. His content series on Instagram has amassed him more than +26 400 views, +980 engagements, and comments with an average of+30 800 people viewing his profile each week.
In an online interview with The Kulture Review team, he speaks about performing arts being his first love.
“I remember singing along to the local radio at age 2, if I wasn’t doing that then I was playing dress up with my cousins or outside impersonating characters alone”.
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He adds that he was a very peculiar and odd child who usually sought to wander off and play alone,
“For the most of my childhood I was raised by my late grandmother together with 9 of my other cousins, we were living in a remote village and it wasn’t easy. I remember us all sleeping on the floor in one room, with one thin blanket underneath us and one blanket over us with a pillow that my grandmother handmade from old sleeping sponge bed material”. I had an absent father and my mom was still in tertiary during the time, to escape from the hurt and pain of seeing my other cousins having either of their parents around at home and me having none of my parents around for many months on end I would always run outside alone and go impersonate characters on any movie I saw on TV. I would get lost in my own imagination and happily play by myself”.
He later adds that he took part in many performing arts activity during his junior and senior school years,
“There was never a play, drama, performance or musical I wouldn’t excel in. In High school my Arts and Culture teacher encouraged me to join Drama & poetry competitions called ‘Eisteddfod’, In all occasions I never received a Judges score of lower than +90% (Double Gold level), at one year I did an Afrikaans (African Deutsch language) ‘Eisteddfod’ and I received a Diamond level judges score, which my teacher said was the first for any black student in the history of that category of the competition, which made me happy to be an example of encouragement for more black students to participate in it. Lastly I was twice the grand Finalist closing performance at my High school Performing Arts evenings”.
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He mentions that his fully packed theatrics and musical abilities are heavily influenced and inspired by performers/entertainers from all over the world including Michael Jackson, Genevieve Nnaji, Nicki Minaj, Venolia Mashego, Somizi Mhlongo, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. You know you are on the right path when you stan Queen B.
The big question is what does the future look like for Mr. Twala. Despite the setbacks he has experienced on his musical path from a society void of diversity and representation, he has recently started working on some heat with talented producer ‘TervinBeatz’ withplans of releasing new music as early as next year.
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Meanwhile, his variety entertainment segment on Instagram serving his followers quality thirst trap amongst others is all the lockdown tease you need, and it is running smoothly. For his acting career, he has recently been recruited by an International Netflix movie co-producer to feature in a production about Connecting Africa.
He is super excited for his many blessings and we will be watching.