Nhlanhla Tshabalala, better known as“Frank Casino” , was born & bred in the heart of Tembisa, Johannesburg. Though many would argue this because of his creatively international sound, Frank Casino is, in fact, a native of South Africa, with his musical history dating back to 2004.
Having only discovered his genre back in high school, Frank and his friends formed a rap group under the name “Krunk Era‟, which soon after was signed by an independent record label.
In 2010, leading to the end of “Blaque Print’s” recording contract; Frank, Dellz and Parley started exploring the possibilities of building a stronger and versatile band, when they later decided to record and release a project titled “Casino Royale” which featured former members of Blaque Print. n.
On the 7th of February 2015, Dapper Gang Records launched officially , and Frank Casino has since been releasing music under the label’s creative wing online.
27th April 2016 marks the day Frank Casino released his first official radio single titled “Whole Thing”, to which he owes the steady growth of his following. To-date, the song – which has a sound that deviates from conventional hip-hop, has been playlisted on multiple radio stations and counting, promising to be a successful debut single. If the response the song is receiving is anything to go by , the Dapper Don will be a force to be reckoned with.
Recently he has dropped two new singles titled LOW which features prominent American Hip-Hop artist A$AP Ferg aswell aswell as his most recent single titled New Coupe. Frank’s unique voice and lyricism is sure to land him international recognition. Just another South African Millennial creative that is making waves on a worldwide stage, it can only be seen as truly inspirational.
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Photographer – Adrian Abrahams