Otarel, best known by his stage name Lerato Mabusela is an mcee from Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up in Kwa zulu natal province and her love for music began when she was 12 years old. She draws her musical influence from top artists such as 2Pac and BIG. This prompted her to begin writing poetry. In 2004, she started listening to Eminem and was inspired by his productions and decided to start rapping along to his music and attending ciphers at the Musgrave Bus Terminals with Beat box extraordinaire Pasgenik.
Pasgenik taught her how to beatbox and gave her her first Canibus mixtape whose content thrust her into the warm bosom of underground hip-hop. Her first performances ever were courtesy of The Nowadays poetry sessions held at the Bat Center, followed by Inqaba hip-hop sessions held at the same venue every Thursday night and at the Bling Free All Elements Battles held at Albert Park.
She has shared the stage with many prolific acts, including Raheem Kemet, Lex La Foy, Liquid KZN, Zakwe, Zuluboy, PKuttah and Optical Illusion. Her maiden feature was for Sketches of the Mind, Lex La Foy's first Project, where she does a Beatbox and a vocal backings. She has featured alongside Black Moss from the track Earthworm Assigment by Liquid KZN and has since worked with Musa Mission, Don Zondi, and producer extraordinaire, OUDSKUL.
She is the first female in Africa to have been crowned Slam Jam Champ by Poetry Africa, runner up beatboxer for BOTY, runner up in the End of the Weak MC Challenge and has headlined across Eastern Cape, through KZN, all the way to Johannesburg.
She has worked with DJ's Q1 and KGB on a variety of occasions. Otarel has featured on Where Is The Beef TV, Drop a hot 16 TV and has done an interview with Street Mobile Magazine. She has been moving city to city trying to expose herself to a variety of avenues and sounds so she can keep her music rich and relevant and has thus headlined a number of events.
Currently residing in Durban, she is working on her solo project titled 'The D.A.S.T' aka The Dirty All Starz Mixtape, and will be featuring a few big name artists.