Johannesburg doesn’t know it’s summer yet. A large sheet of slow-moving clouds moves above the blue expanse of sky, with the occasional sound of traffic sounding off in the background. Young Stunna (whose real name is Sandile Msimango) is inside True Music’s Johannesburg Studio in downtown Johannesburg. All around him are a sea of expecting faces decked in jackets, high top sneakers, slides and accessories. There is a weird sense of anticipation in the air.
The South African vocalist assumes the stage, dressed in a plain white tee, a chain and a pair of shades.
“I’ve got an exclusive for you. Are you ready?” he asks. The crowd nods in agreement and the Adiwele hitmaker breaks into song. Watching Young Stunna perform is an exercise in tension and release. The vocalist, who used to be a rapper, will break out into his trademark machine-gun flow at times, before engaging the crowd in a call-and-repsonse. Wherever he performs, the crowd is thrall of him, swaying this way and that as he simultaneously issues lyrics and commands from the stage.