By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – Botswana rapper, Mpho Vincent Tiro, popularly known as Steez died in a freak accident in Rakops, in the central parts of the country after his vehicle was involved in a head on collision before catching fire.
The artist was caught in the fire and burnt with the wreckage.
A family spokesperson, Neo Modisane told the media that Steez was on his way back to Gaborone from the tourist resort of Maun on Saturday, where he had gone to watch a horse race, the Mascom Derby which took place over the Easter holiday.
The artist’s car had mechanical problems, forcing him to stay longer in Maun, Modisane said.
“He had to fix the car before making the long trip to Gaborone. His car caught fire after colliding with another vehicle. He was alone in his car,” Modisane said.
A former presenter of various music programmes with the state broadcaster, Botswana Television (Btv), Steez was also a successful recording artist.
He first presented Btv’s magazine show, Meribo in 2003 before moving on to anchor the more popular Flavadome, an urban music show, between 2005 and 2007.
He then released a hip hop album ‘The Street Are Calling’ in 2007 which proved to be a success.
He then moved to radio as a presenter, where he had a drive time slot at Duma FM, one of the country’s three privately owned commercial radio while continuing as a recording artist.
In December 2008, Steez released his sophomore album ‘Mochine O Ichenchang’, which cemented his place as one of the country’s genuine hip hop talents.
In 2016, he released two singles, Pula and My Botswana and was in the studio preparing for Mochine O Ichenchang Vol. 2 before his untimely death.
A holder of a Degree in Economics and Environmental Science, Steez is expected to be buried this weekend in his home village of Mahalapye, in the central district.