Celeb edition with Brian Rasesa

Leungo Mokgwathi
SINGING FROM THE SOUL: Brian Rasesa

The extremely talented, Brian Rasesa is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist wrapped up into one hunky package.

Known for baring his soul in his hard-hitting, moving melodies, the God-fearing 25-year-old has big plans for 2023 – plans that include taking his brand international.

How is 2023 going so far? Care to share of your New Year’s resolutions?

The past two years have been rough on me mentally not with regards to the pandemic but personal trials and also finding it challenging to focus on this career due to external and somewhat internal factors.

However, excitement of the New Year brought upon a fresh level of energy and drive to how I would pursue my purpose in life.

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My biggest resolution, which sums up the whole bunch, is to do everything in my power to enlarge the space I occupy in this industry locally and abroad.

How long have you been in the music industry for?

Tricky question if I’m being honest.

I hosted my first two concerts in 2019 but only released my first body of work in 2020.

What genre is your music?

I would’ve said Pop Music but this year I’m enlarging my catalogue by releasing a faith-based project.

To answer the question, I make Christian and Pop Music.

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How have Batswana responded to your music?

It got to a point where I was like, ‘Is my music made for the consumers of music here?’ Don’t get me wrong people have showered me with so much love and support and I will be forever grateful for that.

I just had to get to a place where I found confidence that my music would reach the heights that I know it deserves; best believe me, this year will be a testimony of that!

You are very open about your Christianity, how important is your faith to your daily life and your music?

My faith is what sets me apart from many people in the industry.

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I do my best to ensure my music is a reflection of my faith; I cannot be preaching Jesus yet living and singing like He doesn’t exist.

How big are your dreams?

How big was the chasm between Abraham’s bosom and where the rich man was? Huge!

What is the highlight of your career to date?

In 2021, I was set to perform at a night function but call time for setup was during the day.

My team and I went to familiarize ourselves with the venue and as we were wrapping things up and wanted to get our equipment from our vehicle we were met with an unpleasant surprise: all our equipment, guitars, laptop, clothes and work had been stolen!

After dealing with the police and the randoms demanding a ransom for some of our belongings – we headed back to the venue and had one of the best performances we had ever displayed.

10 years from now I know that moment would’ve catapulted me to where I’d be!

Mention two names you would like to work with in 2023.

In all honesty I am not so big on features but I do enjoy working behind the scenes with some artists.

Favorite Bible verse?

Colossians 3 verse 17.

But for the sake of the readers out there: John 3 verse 16 & 17.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Worst date you’ve been on?

I’ve never been on a bad date.

All the women I’ve been out with were beautiful people that were genuinely there to get to know me and they treated me respectfully.

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Five things people don’t know about you?

1. I feel intimidated around other singers ‘coz my word, people can sing!
2. I speak a lot of Afrikaans in public but it’s broken
3. I’m a pastor’s kid – the good type (laughing)
4. I love writing songs but hate reading. I love sending voice messages but am not a fan of receiving them, I wear size 10 and 11 shoes.
5. I am of Namibian and Motswana descent. Oh, I need to add this, I cannot stand the smell of bubblegum – yuck!

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