Litha Bakumeni is a 26 years old. He is orignally from a small town called King Williams Town, located in the Eastern Province of South Africa. He is currently teaching English in South Korea and has been there for 8 months.
Previously he tutored 2nd and 3rd year medical students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. That was in 2018. The previous year, in 2017 Litha completed his Medical degree (MBChB). Coming to Asia was inspired by his love for traveling, having previously traveled to Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Litha is the son of a Doctor and a Nurse. He is the middle child of three boys. He was raised in a household where they had everything that was needed and were protected from poverty.
All of the kids enjoyed private schooling, which had the downside of them being submerged in white dominated spaces. However, his parents ensured that they did not lose touch with their extended family and greater black community at large where they were made well aware of the differences in their lifestyle.
Over and above all of this Litha and his siblings were made aware of the sacrifices it took for their parents to put them in such spaces. This made them even more grateful and aware of each one’s personal responsibility to the rest of their people, particularly in South Africa.
Litha’s decision to leave the medical field came about for 2 main reasons. Firstly, it was not his passion and secondly he found it to be a redundant industry where both the patients and workers are severely exploited, financially and, for the latter, in terms of their labor.
As a younger man, at the age of 18, Litha thought he knew his purpose in life and what he wanted. He would discover that he was gravely mistaken. However, it must be said that he is grateful for all of his experiences as they have massively contributed to his growth and worldview as a person. It is also due to this path that he found his new passion and began to explore it.
Litha’s passion is making music, specifically rap / hip hop. This is a passion he has been pursuing for about five years. He goes by the rap name Leee9ts. He is one half of the rap duo HHARDCOVERR with rapper Optimystic, and one third of the collective HharbodySonics with rapper/vocalist 11ightbody.
The three of them seek to start the building blocks of an independent label with the goal of funding and controlling the content they create. Hence two of them are working abroad with this goal in mind. Their content is available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and Tidal as well as Instagram @Leee9ts and @hhardcoverr. HharbodySonics musical content is conscious rap with an exploration of hard hitting and unorthodox production. They are still a growing movement with a bright future ahead.
Litha says “He is honored to be interviewed by Black Asia Magazine as he was raised to see all black people as family regardless of where in the world they are from. He comes from a relatively privileged background as it pertains to being a black South African.
Litha is well informed about black history both in South Africa and globally. He is inspired by the likes of Malcom X, Marcus Garvey and Steve Biko, who is native to his hometown. Litha is very inspired by the Black Consciousness movement which Biko perpetuated in South Africa, and he was very much inspired by Marcus Garvey himself.
Growing up around the 1970’s his father was very much influenced by Steve Biko and so he raised Litha and Litha’s two brothers with these ideals and priorities.