Nhlanhla Tshabalala, better known by stage name “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 ideal genre in high school, Frank Casino and his friends formed a group/band under the mononym “Krunk Era‟, which soon after got signed by independent record label owner Vusi Leeuw.
The 5-year contract deal lasted long enough to see the group change their name to “Blaque Print”. They began working with the likes of Amunishin, Mr. Selwyn and TXL to name a few industry veterans in their genre.
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.
In 2012 Frank went on to feature on Parley ‘s first official solo project titled “Points to Prove,” which led to them actually proving that signing yourself is, in fact, the best way to grow as an artist – they co-founded Dapper Gang Records.
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