Focalistic, a renowned artist, is filled with gratitude for his successful one-man show, the Straata Nation Address. This monumental event took place at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on a memorable Saturday.
A Packed Venue and an Emotional Performance
Focalistic took to his Instagram timeline to share a clip of the show, revealing that the venue was filled to capacity. The post read, “In all of these videos, I keep remembering that my mom was watching me perform for the first time. I can’t say thank you enough!!! History was made!! Everything is possible with God!! Botanical Gardens 2023!! 15,000 voices.”
Focalistic Looking Forward to Future Shows after Successful One-Man Show
In a separate post, Focalistic expressed his excitement about the sold-out show and his anticipation for hosting another one in 2024. He wrote with tears in his eyes, “Dankie Modimo! Thank you all so much!!! 15,000 people in the Botanical Gardens!!! We had to close the gates at 5pm and we rooockedd!! Sold out #StraataNationAddress until next year!! 14 September 2024.”
Inspiring Through Music
Ahead of the show, Focalistic spoke to TshisaLIVE about his intentions for his music. He said, “When we take it back home to Pretoria, we are making sure the kids feel inspired and the inspiration is tangible. My music is a way of stretching out to my fans to motivate them. I want more people to be inspired and want to change more people’s lives through my music.”
Embracing His Roots and Finding His Voice
Focalistic started out his career rapping in English but has since acquired international success rapping in his home language. He told TshisaLIVE, “Many of us artists were first introduced to hip-hop on TV, by other international stars. Amapiano came and saved us. This is our canvas as something that we relate to. So being able to do it, and do it at the highest level, is a blessing on its own.”
He further added that amapiano has become a Southern African phenomenon and has made it more comfortable for him to express himself in his own voice. He said, “I’ve been able to morph into my true self.” This journey of finding his voice has not only led him to embrace his roots but also allowed him to inspire others through his music.