Tokyo Mzubanzi Keseni (born May 19, 1992), known by his stage name Kes Tokyo , is a South African rapper, recording artist and record producer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.[1][2]

In 2012 Tokyo began his mixtape series called Kes Tokyo Mixtapes. The first volume of the mixtape was release as a free digital download on music sites such as datpiff and hulkshare and he has a YouTube channel which he uses to promote his music.[3] The mixtape scored him local television interview and performances throughout Port Elizabeth and the mixtape was followed by Kes Tokyo Mixtape Vol.2 : July Jaws which also gain a lot of exposure in his neighborhood, Motherwell.

Kes Tokyo has appeared as a newcomer on Africa's biggest Hip Hop Magazine, Hype.

Career Edit

Kes Tokyo has worked with a list of artists,locally and internationally. In 2012 he met an aspiring Dallas rapper named LeeKid through Facebook and started collaborating with him. Same year he met up with a French indie record label owner who asked him to do a song with his artist for a mixtape that was due 2013. The project was done via email by sending back to back vocals and instrumental and the mixtape was released digitally on music sites such as iTunes and physical copies were distributed in France.[4]

In June 2014 Tokyo released an EP title "It's my Krib: I am kruising Home" which had single called Unfair Mission. On the song he raps about how you can be close at reaching the goal but then all of a sudden things start to fall apart. The single was released digitally on social networks and It's debut was on Vow FM.[5]

Early life Edit

Kes Tokyo was born Tokyo Mzubanzi Keseni in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on May 19, 1992. He is Xhosa. He grew up listening to a variety of music genres, including soul, hip hop, funk and indie rock. When he was nine years old, his mother signed him up for a boys choir that held singing lessons at St Mary's Anglican Church in Port Elizabeth. He travelled by taxi every day from Motherwell, Eastern Cape to Port Elizabeth. To motivate him, the pastor at the church gave him ten rands every day he showed up.

Discography Edit

Extended plays Edit

List of albums, with year released
Title Album details±
Lion EP
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Formats: digital download
  • Released: June 06, 2014
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Formats: digital download

Mixtape Edit

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Kes Tokyo Mixtape vol.1
  • Released: August 08, 2012
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Format: digital download
Kes Tokyo Mixtape vol.2 : July Jaws
  • Released: February 16, 2013
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Format: digital download
The bLACK Mixtape
  • Released: May 15, 2013
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Format: digital download
29920519 (EP)
  • Released: July 19, 2016
  • Label: 3rd Roc Records
  • Format: digital download

Music videos Edit

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"That's What I Want" 2012 Jae Maq
"School Of Hardknock Graduates (B.R.E.A.K)" 2013 Jae Maq
"Unfair Mission" 2014 Jae Maq

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