Hailing from Pretoria, Donovan Chad Mansoor, aka Chad Da Don, 25, is known for his motswako rap style in Tswana.
“I’ve been to Cape Town before, but I love coming back. Here is this dope vibe of relaxation compared to the fast pace at home,” he says.
Chad released his single, Korobela, in January and says his song has done well and keeps him in demand for interviews and performances across SA.
“The song means ‘Love Potion’, something you can throw into food and drink that makes like you’re possessed,” he says.
“People in the hood can relate to this song when they hear it. It’s something they’ll just immediately catch on to.”
The song has also led to his first acting role on stage, in the musical Freedom.
“Aubrey Sekhabi, the director of the play, heard (Korobela) and felt it would be fitting to have the song in the production.”
Chad played himself, and said his storyline was based on his life as a young rapper starting out.
Chad’s style of music can be described as hip-hop club bangers infused with soulful beats.
The versatile musician has done a host of collaborations, including Wasted with Lcnvl (this song is currently playlisted on 5FM), and Alone by Fistaz Mixwell ft. Chad, Riky Rick and Anatii.
Da Don says his best work was done in Cape Town with “the king of hip hop”, YoungstaCPT.
“If I worked with Youngsta, I have worked with Cape Town’s best; SA’s number one lyricist. There is nobody greater in Cape Town than he is.”