LEPHALALE — Refilwe Given Kekana (Pimpz) was born on 7 May 1991 in Lephalale. Pimpz, also known as Mapimpana, is known as a young, fresh and vibrant upcoming artist/emcee/rapper.
Growing up in Lephalale, Pimpz went to Laerskool Bosveld Primary and after completing his primary period – dubbed as the master of chess – he graduated to Hoërskool Ellisras, where he met a couple of Hip-hop enthusiasts. This was one of his first encounters with Hip-hop.
His big brother, who listened to Hip-Hop music day in and day out at their house, played a big role in introducing him to Hip-hop until he was completely overcome with the bug.
At the age of 16, Mapimpana started rapping as well as writing lyrics, but due to the lack of Hip-hop platforms in his hometown, he was forced to travel more than 120 km every weekend to attend Hip-hop sessions in Mokopane. There he had an opportunity to rub shoulders with seasoned street cats and professional recording artists.
Post high school graduation, Mapimpana enrolled at the local TVET College in Lephalale, where he studied information and technology. After completing the course, he further enrolled with NOSA and studied Safety Management.
He says he initially thought he was studying to please his parents but later realized that it was all worth it.
His favourite Hip-hop artists include Khuli Chana and Ginger Trill amongst others.
He wishes to work with one of South Africa’s renowned producers like Sticky Menwanwa and Trompi.
Mapimpana is now a full-time recording artist. He is currently working on his first Ep project and his latest single offering Mission99 has attracted the attention of a film producer who is now shooting a feature documentary with him based on the song.
He has shared stages with the likes of Khuli Chana, AKA, Ifani, T-bo Touch, Cassper Nyovest, K.O. and Stilo Magolide to mention a few. He is also an ambassador for Waptrendz; an online music solution enterprise as well as for PKYM; a street clothing brand.
Mapimpana is a breath of fresh air into the industry, predominantly rapping in his native mother tongue, Sepedi, his unique flow and Kwaito twist, dazzling the dance floors and streets.