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Hip-hop, Pop, Soul / Germany (Lüneburg)
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Modern pop, hip-hop and soul

" Flamboyant, colourful, borderless pop, with a sprinkling of melancholy "

Born in Cape Town, Sanele Sydow, aka. WizTheMc, was raised in Germany, before migrating Toronto to pursue a career in feel-good, summery pop and uplifting hip-hop. Having come up with the name WizTheMc as a teenager for his online avatars, the young prodigy knew he wanted to be an artist from a young age. And, it didn’t take him that long. As a teenager, the burgeoning pop star began making music, first in German, then gravitating towards the English language, in which most of his inspirations are rooted. With lofty expectations attached, WizTheMc moved to Canada at the age of 18, where he ended up living in the quasi-music talent incubator of Toronto. It was then that everything began taking off, with numerous accolades and Spotify chart features.

The 22-year old’s top track, ‘For a Minute’ has to date amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify, and since then every single other record he’s put out has turned to gold. Earlier this year, the pop star released his new EP ‘Where Silence Feels Good’, a raw, emotionally-tinged record that shows the artist’s more mature side. For such a young voice, the singer has enough emotional history to create deeply-woven narratives in his music, for instance on new single ‘Break’. The EP showcases his genre-agnosticism, with deep melancholic vibes that juxtapose his earlier, happy-go-lucky style.

While forging a career Stateside, where he is signed to the up-and-coming US label 10K Projects, the young talent has no intention of putting aside the culture from which he came. In fact, as he admitted in an interview with Musikexpress, he is recognised more often on the streets in his native Germany than he is in Canada. In 2019, WizTheMC returned to Germany to enter leading German hip-hop festival Splash’s Newcomer Contest, and won. In fact, his multi-lingual approach to music, that he terms ‘borderless pop’, is one the reasons he’s managed to achieve such grandiose success.