Thato Matlhabaphiri, popularly known to the masses as ‘Scar’, is a judge on Idols East Africa. As a judge, his pan-African search for the next big pop star took him to places like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. A native to Botswana, Scar’s music has dominated the Botswana hip-hop industry since 2001, with the release of three studio albums. His work has been critically-acclaimed, receiving two awards at the annual Botswana Hip Hop Music Awards (BHIPMA) in 2004, for Lyricist of the Year and Track of the Year (My People). One of Southern Africa’s most charismatic emcees, Scar has his own morning radio show reaching thousands of youth across the country. Scar was nominated several times for the coveted Channel O Music Video Awards as the Best Newcomer, Best African Southern, and won the prestigious award for Best Hip Hop Video in 2007. He has also guest starred in productions like Big Brother Africa, the Annual Miss Botswana pageant, and the 2009 Road to MTV Africa Music Awards in Nairobi, Kenya.
TeachAIDS is pleased to welcome the multifaceted and talented Scar to join our team of international icons.