And even if things don’t pan out in surf, Ntando’s got a plan b in his back pocket. “I’m also really into music,” he told me. “It started with open mic nights, and everybody was just excited to see a young kid come and turn up. ” Beyond becoming a rapper himself, Ntando’s got an idea he’s sitting on to launch a series of spontaneous music festivals he calls “Turn Up. ” It’s in its nascent stages at this point, but the bottom line is Ntando’s pie-in-the-sky idealism comes from the heart.
And at nine years old, after the tragic death of his mother, he found himself trying to survive on the streets. “Street children,” as they’re called, in South Africa and elsewhere often resort to criminal activity in order to survive. Drug habits are also par for the course when living on the streets.
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