Photograph by Jonathan Ferreira

BYLWANSTA

SOUTH AFRICAN RAPPER, RECORD PRODUCER AND ART DIRECTOR

Lwandile Nkanyuza (born 30 june 1995), known professionally as ByLwansta

The Kokstad-born rapper and art director has been making moves. 2019 has seen him release the first part of his three-chapter debut album SPIJØNGET. Off the success of this, he has traveled to Paris, Berlin and the US while performing on local stages including Koolin the City and Feel Good Series. He has also contributed to the title track of Universal TV’s British television drama series, Bullet- Proof.

Not to neglect the designer inside of him, ByLwansta has kept busy with a number of different projects under his design agency, NORMVL, including art direction and design for Muzi’s videos for the “Zulu Skywalker” and “Stimela Segolide”.

ByLwansta is a rapper with a heavy emphasis on the importance of lyrical content and storytelling. His tracks often take you on a journey into deeply personal life events as ByLwansta bares his soul through his words.

Expanding into music production has now allowed ByLwansta to expand on this as he curates and/or produces beats that act as a medium to carry the message as he creates a deeply personal auditory experience.

A well thought out design process is always present in any of ByLwansta’s final products ad is a constant feature of his work.

ByLwansta began his musical journey in 2008. By the age of 13 ByLwansta was writing and recording music from the backroom of his mother’s house, alongside his older brother, producer, and songwriter, Kimosabe.

Under his mentorship, ByLwansta (then just Lwansta) nurtured his new-found interest, recording and releasing several mixtapes independently through their social media platforms, CDs and Bluetooth, carrying this work ethic and energy throughout his musical journey. 

Since then he has moved on to performances at events such as Back to The City, Outland Music Festival, Hipnotik Music Festival and Zakifo International Music Festival and achieved a SA Hip Hop award nomination for his 2014 mixtape, NORMVL. ByLwansta has also featured on international music platform COLORS.