Leonard Nhlungwane “Astro Gunna” (Born November 17, 2003 in South Africa, Mpumalanga) is a local producer, beatmaker, graphic designer, video director and the founder of PlugProdigy (a music group he foundered earlier this year, 2020).
Leonard who goes by the stage name, Astro Gunna is just 16.
During our interview with him, the young producer says; ” I started music at grade 6. I was like only 12 years old then, my father never gave AF bout my music career & still don’t. Only my sister, brother, Perfect Mkhantswa show me and support where I’m from.
“I’ve released about 136 songs since I started recordimg back In 2017. Since I started this music industry with features from USA ,UK , India, Nigeria etc, today I’ve been nominated for the best producer at The GAMA 2020 Awards.
“I’m A Well Known Music Producer & A Rapper, Founder Of PlugProdigy Records. Thanks To Those Little Support I Get.”
On why he keeps changing his stage name he said:
“𝑰 𝑯𝒂𝒅 𝑻𝒐 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝑭𝒓𝒐𝒎 0 𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝑻𝒉𝒆 7𝒕𝒉 𝑻𝒊𝒎𝒆.Dear Upcoming Artist, It’s So heart breaking building a name for yourself only to find out that it’s already in use.
” It all started from “Beast Boy, MadBeast, SilverPanda Beats, Suicide Beats, GhostPlug & J-Ocean” (my previous stage names). For 3 years I’ve been changing stage names not because I want to but because it’s a very bad idea to share stage name with other artiste(s). As An upcoming artist this got people who follow my craft confused a lot.
“The message here is that as a musician, you should think of a unique stage name because a week ago my music was rejected from being distributed due to sharing of names.
“So I thought I should share this so that you guys don’t go what I went through. -FIND A UNIQUE STAGE NAME & RESEARCH ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS (Twitter, Instagram etc… EVEN GOOGLE TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DRAMA ON YOUR MUSICAL CAREER.”
Follow the young producer on Instagram via @astrogunna_sa as we expect hits upon hits from him before the year runs out.