Nice’ is the first single from Act III, the third EP from Botswana-born, Auckland-based hip-hop artist Phodiso. In this track, Phodiso explores backing yourself in the face of resistance. Throughout the song, Phodiso demonstrates a consistently swaggering vocal flow through song, rap, and spoken word on a beat produced by the local powerhouse, WHO SHOT SCOTT. On working with WHO SHOT SCOTT, Phodiso says “it is a blessing because we both highly value making music that is authentic to ourselves as well as working hard to ensure the art we make is of the highest possible standard. It’s encouraging.”
Following the success of Phodiso’s previous release, Act II which featured the hit ‘Talk Too Much’ that saw Phodiso top the NZ Alternative Chart and enter the NZ Hot Singles Chart, ‘Nice’ sets the tone for his forthcoming EP. Due to release on 10 December, Act III is the final instalment of the three-EP project that has launched Phodiso’s solo career and introduced his unique perspective and style to a wide audience.
Born in Gaborone, Botswana, Phodiso began learning Tswana percussion styles through community song and dance ceremonies. Since settling in Aotearoa in his teens, the multi-disciplinary, multilingual artist has further developed his creative approach and shared his gift of language and rhythm while honoring his Southern Afrikan hip-hop and Afro-jazz influence