Born in exile at the height of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, Young Nations’ music is a culmination of the incredible experiences of having grown up as the son of a liberation activist. As a South African of Zulu descent growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Young Nations became actively involved in numerous organizations focused on global youth empowerment. Nations was involved in the organization of the largest protest against apartheid in Los Angeles, including one the youngest members of Children of War, a non-profit organization of young refugees from war torn countries around the world.
In 1989 Nations traveled to South Africa for the second time, a privilege not afforded to his father, who remained banned from returning to his country for over 35 years. Nations’ experience living in the heart of Guguletu Township in South Africa would later influence the development of the artist upon his return to Los Angeles.
Young Nations traveled back to Los Angeles in 1991 and by 1994 had recorded his first professional compositions under the artist name “K.A.S.H.”(Kept in Africa’s Subliminal Hold), which gained immediate attention on the West Coast of California. Nations went on to perform before thousands, opening for Ice Cube, Coolio, Zap & Roger, Rappin4Tay and the Lynch Mob in 1995.
In June 2003 Young Nations exploded onto the South African music scene with the ground breaking hit song, “Win”, a collaboration with performer and recording artist Chester of Sarafina and Yizo Yizo fame. Nations followed up “Win” with another collaboration entitled “Live My Life”, touching on the realities of life growing in the townships...