Focalistic Reacts Amidst His MTV European Music Award Nomination:
Focalistic real name Lethabo Sebetso continues to fly the South African flag up high. The star bagged a nomination at the MTV European Music Awards in the Best African Act category, where he was up against Nigeria’s Wizkid and Tems, Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania and Ghanaian songstress Amaarae.
Other megastars who have bagged nominations include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Shakira and Drake. The 2021 MTV EMAs took place this past weekend at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary on Sunday, 14 November and broadcasted live on MTV channels in 180 countries.
Speaking on his nomination, Focalistic said he believes what he’s been manifesting for the past 10 years is exactly what’s happening right now. He also mentioned that he has a 19 year goal which is to occupy the global billboard charts.
“They are watching us now. If they are looking at me, that means God is around the corner. Everyone else is being watched. So, for me, that’s what I’ve been saying, that’s what I’ve been preaching. I think for me, there’s a 10-year plan. We have to occupy the top 10 spaces of global billboard charts. We have to work harder,” he said.
Monde Twala, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa, said there was a shift happening across Africa that has captivated the world. He add that young Africans should use the strength of art to help develop the continent. “Music has the power to unify us. Music has the power to create this cross-border collaboration, which we’ve seen.
We came into the market as MTV and established the African Music Awards. For the first time, a Nigerian artist could collaborate with a South African artist, with a Kenyan artist, with an Angolan artist, with a Mozambican artist and really giving a unique signature to African heritage and African culture, especially youth culture.”