Ben Sharpa

Real Name:
Kgotso Semela
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Considered by those in the know to be one of the African Continent's most accomplished lyricists, Ben Sharpa has dedicated his life to his art, undertaking an epic musical journey characterised by an unshakeable self-belief that has seen him cheat death itself in order to fulfill his destiny.

Born in the rugged ghetto slums of Soweto, South Africa on March 25th, 1977, Ben Sharpa aka Oh Kaptin My Kaptin (or simply ‘Kap' to his friends and fans), experienced the full force of the brutal Apartheid regime and the revolutionary turmoil that surrounded the struggle against it.

While Ben was still a young child, his father took the opportunity to escape the hardship of life in South Africa by relocated his family to Chicago, Illinois, where he took the post of Audiologist at Cook County Hospital before moving on to become a lecturer at the prestigious Michigan State University.

Growing up in an alien culture and intensely aware of the plight of his fellow countrymen back home in South Africa, Ben was inspired by the radical new voice that Hip Hop was giving to the disenfranchised and oppressed.

When Ben came back to South Africa in 1993 for the first free elections, he quickly set about establishing himself as a major force in the underground, forming cult crews Groundworks and Audio Visual. Ben's music has always addressed themes of social consciousness, politics, conspiracy theories and the hustle to survive.

In 2003, Ben Sharpa won a nation-wide freestyle battle competition sponsored by South African cellular network, MTN. This not only gave him notoriety and countrywide exposure but also won him an opportunity to go to London and meet Eminem during the artist's Anger Management tour.

Ben Sharpa has shared the stage with Immortal Technique (June 2005), Jonzi-D (June 2003), Black Thought (August 2001), Mr. Len and Jean Grae (May 2001). In June 2006, Sharpa headlined alongside Wordsworth and Jonzi-D as part of the Tri-Continental Hip Hop Festival that toured South Africa.

In 2007 Ben was discovered by accomplished BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary-Anne Hobbs who described him as "one of the most inspired and agile lyricists in the world today". Soon afterward, Ben performed at the annual Glastonbury Festival (June 2007) on the BBC Introduces Stage.

In late 2007 Ben fell into a diabetic coma. A week later the prognosis was bleak. He had massive internal bleeding, kidney failure and was only able to breathe with the help of a ventilator. Doctors had all but given up on Ben when he miraculously regained consciousness. Ben quipped, "I have seen the other side of the Matrix" as soon as he was able to talk.

The veteran underground rapper made a full recovery, his new lease on life providing him with further energy to continue carving out his niche in Hip Hop history.

On July 26th, 2018 Ben Sharpa passed away due to Kidney failure and diabetes-related complications. He was 41 years old.
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Albums

PIONEERCD002 Ben Sharpa - B. Sharpa album art Ben Sharpa B. Sharpa (Album) Pioneer Unit PIONEERCD002 South Africa 2008 Sell This Version
FX105 Ben Sharpa - 4DLS - 4th Density Light Show album art Ben Sharpa 4DLS - 4th Density Light Show (Album) Jarring Effects FX105 France 2012 Sell This Version
RCT02 Ben Sharpa - Capetown Toulouse 2010 album art Ben Sharpa Meets Maxime Delporte Ben Sharpa Meets Maxime Delporte - Capetown Toulouse 2010(CD, Album, Ltd) Radio Campus Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées RCT02 France 2012 Sell This Version
FX105 Ben Sharpa - 4DLS - 4th Density Light Show album art Ben Sharpa 4DLS - 4th Density Light Show(CD, Album, Dig) Jarring Effects FX105 France 2012 Sell This Version
none Ben Sharpa -  Hanging In The Balance album art Ben Sharpa + Rip!Lick Ben Sharpa + Rip!Lick - Hanging In The Balance (Album) Not On Label none South Africa 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FX 082 Ben Sharpa - The Sharpaganda Theory: Lesson 1 album art Ben Sharpa The Sharpaganda Theory: Lesson 1 (EP) Jarring Effects FX 082 France 2008 Sell This Version
none Ben Sharpa - Circus World album art Algorhythmik Feat. Ben Sharpa & Wapi Wap Algorhythmik Feat. Ben Sharpa & Wapi Wap - Circus World(File, MP3, Single, 320) Chaphi Records none France 2011
none Ben Sharpa - The Transition album art Ben Sharpa The Transition(CDr, EP, Ltd, Promo) Pioneer Unit none South Africa 2012 Sell This Version
none Ben Sharpa - Intergalactic Crew album art Hipe Featuring HC (8), Cream (8), Rattex, Ben Sharpa, DJ Codax, Damola, N'Veigh, Blaklez, Jaak (2) & Linz Faluka Hipe Featuring HC (8), Cream (8), Rattex, Ben Sharpa, DJ Codax, Damola, N'Veigh, Blaklez, Jaak (2) & Linz Faluka - Intergalactic Crew(File, MP3, Single, 320) Pioneer Unit none South Africa 2012
none Ben Sharpa - Daydreams And Nightmares album art Grosso Gadgetto Feat. Ben Sharpa Grosso Gadgetto Feat. Ben Sharpa - Daydreams And Nightmares(File, MP3, Single, 320) After Affects Rec none France 2016
none Ben Sharpa - Majazane album art Ben Sharpa + Rip!Lick Ben Sharpa + Rip!Lick - Majazane(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label none South Africa 2019

Miscellaneous

none Kingpinn Ft. Ben Sharpa Kingpinn Ft. Ben Sharpa - Live A Little (Remix)(File, MP3, Promo, 320) Pioneer Unit none South Africa 2007
none Milanese feat. Ben Sharpa Milanese feat. Ben Sharpa - B Sharpa Damacy(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label none UK 2008
none Ben Sharpa - Bon Voyage album art Span (3), Mesh M18, Ben Sharpa, Cheeko, Willy* & Volodia (2) Span (3), Mesh M18, Ben Sharpa, Cheeko, Willy* & Volodia (2) - Bon Voyage(File, MP3, Promo, 320) La Crise Productions none France 2010
none Ben Sharpa - 6 Objectives album art Copywrite, Yugen Blakrok, Gin I Grindith*, Robo (10), Kanif & Ben Sharpa Copywrite, Yugen Blakrok, Gin I Grindith*, Robo (10), Kanif & Ben Sharpa - 6 Objectives(File, MP3, Promo, 192) Iapetus none South Africa 2012
none Ben Sharpa - Energy Parasites album art Ben Sharpa Remix By Grosso Gadgetto Ben Sharpa Remix By Grosso Gadgetto - Energy Parasites(File, MP3, 320) After Affects Rec none France 2015