SOUTH AFRICAN RAPPER, RECORD PRODUCER AND ART DIRECTOR
Lwandile Dominic Nkanyuza, known professionally as ByLwansta, is a South African storyteller, rapper, record producer, art director and multimedia designer born in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal.
Having begun his journey in music in 2008, 13 year old 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, leading the brothers to record and release several demo mixtapes and that they would distribute independently in their local communities through CDs and bluetooth. ByLwansta carried this work ethic and energy throughout his musical journey. Since then, he has moved on to performances at events such as Pop-Kultur Festival in 2017 & 2019 in Berlin, where he then connected with Ableton and was seeded an Ableton Push 2, Kitsune Afterwork (Paris), UMI – Our Music Festival (JHB), Zakifo International Music Festival (DBN), and more. He is the first South African artist to appear on the international music platform, COLORS.
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“STORYTELLING IS STILL THE MC’S MAIN FOCUS, AND HE SOUNDS SHARPER THAN EVER.”
– Sabelo Mkhabela, OKAY, AFRICA.
ByLwansta’s artistry, both in design and music, is heavily rooted in storytelling and establishing an overarching and coherent narrative that expands and evolves throughout his catalogue of music. The rapper’s emotive use of the colour orange (particularly the shade #FC642D) as the mnemonic counterpart to his music is an ode to his design sensibilities and to his goal of writing memorable stories in his music.