Sleezy Luciano
YOU South Africa|30 December 2021
The Soweto rapper talks about music, acting and how fatherhood has influenced him
MELON RADEBE

THIS local musician is making waves with the release of his second album Diba and a Dream and its first single, Django. We caught up with the 28-year old, who’s also an accomplished actor.

YOUR BIRTH NAME IS SIYABONGA DLAMINI. WHERE DOES SLEEZY LUCIANO COME FROM?

Luciano means light [in Latin] and as an artist I’ve always strived to shine some light with my music. Sleezy comes from slick.

I have a stutter, but you can’t tell that I have it when I’m rapping. So when I’m on the mic, I’m just slick and smooth like butter.

WHAT GOT YOU INTO MUSIC?

I fell in love with hip-hop when I realised I could articulate myself better through it. That day I knew I’d found my thing. And I’ve always been an entertainer. Whenever we had family gatherings, I would always entertain everyone – I would dance and sing. With hip-hop, I can write my own story and share it.

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