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Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi (born 13 September 1992), professionally known as Rouge is a South African hip-hop rapper and author. Her debut album The New Era Sessions, accompanied by a short film, received a South African Film and Television Award for Best Micro Budget Film.
Deko Barbara-Jessica Wedi was born on September 13, 1992 in Pretoria, Gauteng. She is of Congolese descent as both her parents where born in Congo. She started songwriting at the age of twelve, which resulted her taking part in acting, public speaking and poetry. She started rapping at the age of 19, when her friend suggested she should rap to her own R&B songs she composed. She attended the University of Pretoria, where she completed her degree in Drama & Film.
In December 2014, Rouge released her second single Mi Corazon featuring rapper BigStar Johnson, following her debut single, Party. The following year, rapper AKA featured Rouge alongside other female rappers in the remix of his song “Baddest”. As for 2016, Rouge then released her critically acclaimed Mbongo Zaka featuring Moozlie. The song gained her prominence as it was her first song to top charts on all major radio stations across South Africa.
In October 2016, Rouge was one of the mentors on the Vuzu reality game show, The Coalition, which involves interns undergoing challenges with the assistance of the mentors. She also participated on the MTV Base Cyphers in the “New Skool” (2017).
2017–present: The New Era Sessions
The New Era Sessions was released on September 8, 2017 which debuted no. 2 on the local iTunes charts. On September 15, 2017, she premiered the short film for the album as a video anthology and drama. The short film aired on MTV Base starring actors including Atandwa Kani, Fikile Kani, Denise Zimba and herself. She released 5 singles from the album including the preceded Mbongo Zaka and the successful Dololo. The visual album won several accolades including a South African Film and Television Award for Best Micro Budget Film Award, and a South African Music Award for Best Music Video of the Year.
In 2018, Rouge was the presenter for SABC 1 music show Remix SA. She’s also one of the deciders of candy company Halls SA’s hashtag competition named HallsOMFCC. On March 14, 2019, Rouge announced signing with Sony Music South Africa.