Tonie Leon is an artist born in Diepkloof, a township in Soweto. He later moved to Oskraal Brits in the North West Province. He grew up like many other township kids, playing soccer and aspiring to be a rapper. With determination and faith, he became captain of his team which showed his characteristics of a leader in him and never giving up although he started small in a backroom studio, now his dreams of becoming a rapper are being a reality. He is part of the ‘G.C Army’, a musical group.
His first professional gig was at HOMECOMING hosted in Letlhabile by music mogul “Oskido” on the 24th of December 2016. He worked with Mr Stupendous to produce his music. He is currently working with Superium Beatz and Hopes to take South African music industry by storm.
He is also in a duo with Sta.an Artist and they are well known as NWA (Ngunis With Autotune). They have recorded their first single “ROMA” at the 7th Wave Ent and Record Studio in Tembisa.
HERE IS MORE ABOUT TONIE- INTERVIEW.
Why do you do what you do?
“Well to be honest, nothing brings me peace like composing or writing music, lets say for me is a way of life, I feed of creativity. ”
How do you work?
“Normally I work with my friends and we are more like the Avengers, everyone got their own super powers.”
What is your background?
“I was born in Soweto Diepkloof Clinic. I went to school in Soweto then I moved away when I was doing grade 2 to North West. I stayed there till I finished my matric. When I was in grade 10, I was now part of G.C Army (a rap group of diverse rappers). Life was not always easy, I was raised by a single parent (my mom), she is my everything and I am cool with my dad though. I went to college in 2016, studying for Boiler Making. I dropped out because of lack of financial support plus all I was thinking was composing. What I used to do was to rap on downloaded beats. In 2016, I took an oath and started creating beats for myself, along the way I met few people with the same vision. ”
What is integral to the work of an artist?
“I write songs (author) sometimes I compose, creating MY own sounds.”
What role does artists play have in the society?
“Artists sometimes don’t know how huge their role is in the society, sometimes artists are bad influencers, this has a bad outcome because we are role models and there is someone out there who is trying to be like you. It all depends on your personality. Be a good example. We not trying to destroy the world. ”
What has been a seminal experience?
“Working at Red Pepper Pictures on MTV #HaveFaith as a transcriber.”
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“The best piece of advice I got was from my grandmother, “Be Yourself, be patient and start saving as little as you can, it can be hard but save money”. ”
Professionally, what is your goal?
“I know it sounds cheesy, but professionally my goal is to be set for life period. ”
Is there any other career path you would like to embark in?
“Yes! There is actually a lot of careers I would love to embark in, like fashion design, I want to wear my own clothes. And I would love to play Tennis. ”
Tonie’s handles are as follows Instagram: leonmashh Twitter: @tonie_leon Facebook: The secret life of Tonie
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