From the dusty streets of Tembisa, an uncut diamond emerged in the form of Thabo Mahlwele aka Touchline.

A true poet, Touchline is best described as a verbal gymnast, able to manipulate, bend and swing words together in ways one could not have imagined to create a fresh and flexible lyrical flow. Touchline is blessed with the gift of bringing realness to his content which allows him to bring out the deep emotion from his listeners hearts as they are able to picture and draw relevance with his story telling verses.

Rapping since the age of 17, having found himself after his hiphop dancing and soccer playing days, Touchline won the YFM Airborne Rap Battles hosted by Bonang Matheba and ex Optical Illusion rap crew member, Genocide. Touchline’s first ever song to be played on radio was ‘Ma u Rappa so’ in 2011, produced by Blackstorm and it was followed by various performances on different stages around Johannesburg.

His biggest Hit to date came in the form of an Acapella poem called ‘sweet fallacy’ which pushed multiple downloads though was never sent to be playlisted on radio.

Currently, Touchline is working hard in the streets performing regularly and in studio compiling his mixtape with top producers such as SP Dub, street carnivore and Blackstorm. The mixtape is due for release early 2016. A music video for his single #Stapura and his other single #Smokolo are in the pipelines for production and will be released on public television mid 2015.

Touchline’s goal for 2015 is to perform weekly in big universities all around South Africa.  But more importantly, Touchline is focussed on capturing the faithful hearts of all listeners from his beloved township Tembisa and restore hope back and revive that kasi dream


Full name: Thabo Mahlwele
Place of birth: Tembisa
Born: 25 September 1991
Status: Independant , linked with Blackstorm
Artists worked with: Blayze, Hydro, Scarab and Rubyxe(Blackstorm)

Social Media

Facebook: Touchline_Punchline
Youtube: Watch Touchline
Twitter: @Touchline10
Soundcloud: Touchline SA Rapper

Biggest achievements as a performer: Won Masters of Rhythm and danced for keri Hilson during her tour of South Africa in 2009 (Both as a member of FreezeFrame dance crew)

Song links:

Touchline Freestlye

#Stapura, released 6 March 2015


Download Stapura

#Sweet Fallacy, released 14 February 2014
Download Sweet Fallacy