She is the latest Rantao to step onto the music scene
She’ll be a performing artist with a couple of singles
under her belt by year’s end


Thuto Rantao grew up admiring the musical abilities of her family, the Rantaos, and it wasn’t long before she decided to forge her own path in the music industry.

The 24-year-old singer/songwriter sang her way into the hearts of many in 2021 when she won the My African Dream competition and was further catapulted into the world of music at full speed.


Own terms
This year, the young lass is making music on her own terms, finding and growing her new audience, and is definitely an artist to watch in 2023.

“I am currently experimenting with different genres,” she told Time Out. “I mostly do pop and EDM but I also find myself singing Afro piano.”

“I am greatly inspired by artists such as Sia and Adele because I am vocalist. While my lyrics are inspired by different facets of life, I am an emotional singer, and that is my strong point.”


New music
Thuto, as she is commonly known in music circles, has given her audience a glimpse of her upcoming music that will be released this month (February).

She already has a single titled “Betrayal” and continued her momentum a couple of years later with the release of a new single, “Yanda,” featuring deejays Enton and Chrispin The Drummer, which she recently performed on a local music TV show, Flava Dome.

Thuto’s voice is quirky, rasping and breaking at perfect moments. The rising talent is showing amazing promise and is on the verge of stardom.


Musical background
“The plan is to release six singles before the year ends,” she said. “I should be a performing artist by December this year because I am still learning the ropes.”

Growing up in a family of musicians, Thuto is the latest Rantao to step onto the music scene and is already making her mark. The Ramotswa native is the daughter of jazz superstar, Kearoma Rantao and niece of hip-hop artist Thabo “Touch Motswaktswako” Rantao and DJ Lorato “Ms Laura” Rantao.

So far she hasn’t met any challenges in the music industry, all thanks to the guidance of her family who have a wealth of experience in the field. “All my life I grew up around music artists,” she told Time Out.


Own path
“When I finally decided to chart my own path, they gave me all the support and guidance on how to navigate through the music industry that is deemed brutal.

“My mother is doing her job of parenting and will put me in place if I get out of line. I am grateful for all they do for me.”

The budding star decided that her stage name would just be Thuto because she wanted to create her own image and her individuality to come out.