When you think of iconic Leicester brand-builders, Gary Lineker, Gok Wan or even Engelbert Humperdinck might just come to mind but allow us to introduce you to a name you may be less familiar with, Gashirai Gondo – better known as Sainté.
Since dropping his debut, “Envy Me”, back in 2019, he has been quietly building a tribe of influential fans. He’s all about positivity. In his interview with Soho/Shoreditch House, he described his sound as relaxing, hyped and feel good. Like the British rap icons who came before him, he is here to make a mark on the world in as many ways as possible. He says that if he weren’t a rapper, he would be a teacher or an actor, and in a way, through his intelligent lyrical wordplay and undeniable charm, he’s already delivering on both.
He recently talked to GRM Daily about coming from a smaller city.
“Oh, it was cool. I mean, I’ve always loved the city. Obviously, it’s not as big and mainstream as a power-city like London, Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham, but there are pros to living in Leicester that have helped me become the guy I am today. Just how small and intimate the city is. It’s comfy, and you end up making friendships with a lot of people around the city.
I played basketball as well, and it was a cool way for me to connect with other people and get a good reputation, so that helped me with my music. Most people my age in the city know who I am because we’ve seen each other in sports or music, so it’s a cool place to have grown up.”
We like “Stylin”. It’s the definition of smooth. Sure, Sainte floats on the verses, but it’s the hook where he shines.
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Just when we thought we’d heard everything the genre has to offer, we’re introduced to another nuanced perspective to lead a new wave, and for that, Gashirai Gondo, we salute you.
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Watch Sainté showcase his smooth flows and effortless bars in ‘Compare’, a slick track lifted from his latest EP ‘Vacationz.
Watch now via Colours