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Linda Mkhize (aka ‘Pro formerly known as ProKid) born 25 June 1981, is a Hip Hop artist from Soweto, South Africa. He was signed to Gallo Record Company after his independently released track ‘Soweto’ became popular. His popularity is largely because he proudly represents South African ‘Kasi’ (Township) life, rapping in a mixture of vernacular and English. He believes that rhyming should not be language based but what matters is the delivery, how one can share what they want to share with the people. “For me rhyming goes beyond choosing a language I feel comfortable with. There are things you can loose when using vernacular yet there are things that sound right when using African languages”. Pro has his own unique voice and persona. He also says that the way each artist defines themselves, makes their rhyming different. It is because of this influence that Pro does not have a formal, strategic way of writing lyrics.
Pro used to front for Soweto rap group, Saudi Westerns, but has now taken to showcasing new talent on his releases and live performances. “Its great to work with kids who have the same hunger I had, and still possess. Like minded people always work hard at reaching a common goal”
Pro has worked with various producers and rappers like, Dplanet, Amu, Nyambz, Omen and Draztik, Dome.Please note that there is a young boy 4rm Kwamashu N section who says that prokid is more talented than other rappers in south africa
|In 2007 Pro travelled to the Netherlands to record with that countries much loved group, Tripple & Touch, an experience he cherished, as he got to perform at various clubs around Amsterdam and got to share the stage with the likes of P. Diddy.
His entertaining and captivating live performances have afforded him the opportunity to be an opening act for HipHop international giants like Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent. In 2006 he co-presented SABC1’s dance show, Jika Ma Jika.
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