Thabiso Shongwe better known by his stage name ketrus , is a Swati hip hop trap artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ketrus rose to stardom as a storyteller, songwriter and has successfully made a name for himself both in Eswatini and South Africa.
He is best known for his hit singles ’Ugogo which he released in 2019, and ‘Kundzima’, released in 2020. He recently released nother single with fuse of maskandi titled ‘Nguwe’. Ketrus is a natural-born entertainer, with so many successful tracks under his belt and he is still hungry for more!
He opened up to us about his career and future plans:
- What made you want to be a musician?
Music came to me as a calling, music called me. Ever since then, I’ve known what I wanted to achieve from a very young age, it was always clear to me.
- If you were to completely start over again from day dot, what would you do differently?
Honestly, I would not want to change any of the experiences I have come across, the challenges, loses, wins all of them made me, they made Ketrus.
- How have you developed your career?
I have worked with good producers who offer quality music, got the guidance and got to learn through experience. Then got my music airplays on radio and radio interviews, and also got the chance and shot Kundzima music video which is playing on some television channels.
- Do you have any other hobbies outside music?
Yes, I do play soccer and also love hiking.
- Can you describe your favorite and least favorite moment of being an artist?
My favorite is getting to motivate and inspire through music and the least is the pressure that comes with it, every artist is expected to be perfect whereas nobody is perfect.
- Top 5 of your biggest influencers?
- Cassper Nnyovest
- Bonang Matheba
- Ambitiouz Ent
- What do you see yourself achieving in the next 5 years?
Owning a successful stable for my brand.
- Tell me about your new single? What it about? Any features, significance?
My new single is titled ‘’Nguwe’’ featuring a Maskandi artists ‘’Imfezi Lemnyama’’. The song is about love, showing appreciation to our African women, buhle betintfombi.
Listen to ‘Nguwe’ below: