The Makings Of Scar – Channel O’s Spirit Of Africa Awards Best Hip Hop Winner

Scar a.k.a Lebadi was born of humble beginnings in a place called Molepole, Botswana. He had a dream, to make a name for himself. Little did he know that one day he would release the first ever solo hip hop album in Botswana Illegal Act; receiving two awards at the annual BHIPMA – Botswana Hip Hop Music Awards in 2004 for lyricist of the year and track of the year for ‘My People’. The video for his single Metlholo released in 2007 received three nominations from Channel O’s Spirit of Africa Awards. Scooping him the award for Best hip hop, making Scar the first artist in Botswana to win that award.

From Botswana’s hip hop academy P-side, this is a team of MC’s, poets and DJ’s who got together to learn from each other and grow. Scar got his first taste of studio recording doing the DJ Sid Presents P-side double compilation CD. Through his participation Scar met up with Presley Metshe and Gofaone Mpitse who together became the production team for his first three albums.

Scar participated in the Yarona FM Sprite Rap Activity Jam in 2001 and took second place. After which he partook on a two weeks tour called Dzalobana Arts Festival, conducted by the Youth Health Organisation where he joined Vee and Eskimos, a kwaito outfit.

When Scar’s tour ended he met the likes of Tumelo Mokgosi of Vivid Vision who was impressed by the young man’s lyrics and rhyme. Through Vivid vision ‘Illegal Act’ Scar’s debut album came to life, the debut album broke new grounds in Botswana’s hip hop industry. Crossing cultural barriers and cementing the hip hop culture in Botswana. Earning Scar two awards and making him one of the most sought after artists in Southern Africa.

Scar has opened for many world renowned artists like Eve, Shaggy, Dead Prez, Blak Twang, Skwatta Kamp, Malaika, Mafikizolo and Kabelo. Being a man of many talents Scar also produced a song for Vee, one of Botswana’s top selling artist for his ‘Lamalanga’ album called Bazokhala.

In 2004 Scar toured Namibia with one of Botswana’s heavy weights Stagga. In 2005 he signed with Zen Promotions, one of Southern Africa’s well known booking agencies. Scar’s moment to shine came when he was asked by Mr Doe a.k.a Fosta Juliano to partner with him on a performance on the Channel O Spirit of Africa Awards, where he performed for millions of African’s

After a few years Scar left Vivid Vision for Breakthrough records a budding recording label where he released Happy Hour in 2007. The albums single Metlholo made it to the top of most count downs, the video for his single Metlholo received three nominations for Channel O Spirit of Africa Awards. The nominations were for Best New Comer, Best Southern African and Best Hip Hop. Scar took home the award for Best hip Hop, making him the first artist in Botswana to win the award. The success of his single lead to Scar’s performance at a Big Brother eviction party, live on continental T.V to millions of Africans.

In 2008 Scar became the host of the Yarona FM breakfast show from 6am to 10am daily, The Real Enchilada alongside one of Botswana’s leading women behind the mic, Tumie Ramsden.

In 2009 Scar Signed an endorsement deal with Orange Botswana a cellphone network company, which gave birth to an Alcatel phone pack, called the Scar phone pack.

Scar’s success is nothing short of hard work and dedication, he is a talented young man with a passion for music. Scar’s career keeps growing stronger with each accolade.

Scar is currently under new management with the hopes that it will change the direction of his career for the better. He believes the future seems bright with Flowetry Media House which is a talent management company as they strive to change the face of entertainment and the seriousness with which artists in Botswana are taken.


Scar’s full name is Thato Matlhabaphiri

Date of birth 23 October 1984 in Molepolole
Q – Where do you love hanging out?
A -” I hangout in the neighborhood I grew up in, Mogoditshane.”

Q – What are your aspirations?

A – “My future aspirations…I want to tour the world doing my music. That’s
why I do what I do.”

*This young man’s unwavering determination sets him apart from the rest and is proof that hard work and determination maketh a man.

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