Comprising only the best in the genre, the competition in the CHOAMVA Most Gifted Kwaito category is certainly stiff. What comes to mind is what could be some of the facts on the nominees; Big Nuz, DJ Cndo, DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota, Uhuru and Character.
Dig into some interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about your nominees:
• The ‘Nuz’ in Big Nuz is the municipal vehicle registration letters representing their home township, Umlazi in KwaZulu Natal.
• They first appeared in a Backstage jingle back in the day, after which they scored an opportunity to perform their unreleased tracks in the soapie.
• They all still live together in a mansion. We are guessing it’s because it just makes it easier to work and they are a family after all.
• Her real name is Sindisiwe Zungu. But as most DJs have, she made the decision that this name will not be an easy one for her fans to scream out from dancefloors so she settled for ‘Cndo’ (pronounced Sindo).
• She worked as a waitress while at college.
• She honed her skills through a music mixing course with the Durban’s Finest DJ Acedemy while studying at the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota
• This duo was formed more than a decade ago and have produced five chart-topping albums to date.
• Mahoota got his nickname from Oskido because he bought a scrap car and spent a lot of money pimping it up, while DJ Vetkuk’s name comes from the Afrikaans word ‘vetkoek’ (fat cake). Don’t ask why or how!
• The duo are the ones who created the dance moves ‘qolo’ and ‘malombo’, both also title tracks to their dance hits. The dance moves were popular in clubs and townships throughout South Africa in 2003 and 2006.
• Uhuru means freedom in Swahili and the group comprises of four DJs: Xeli, Mapiano, Clap and Maphorisa.
• Uhuru produced Mafikizolo’s hits ‘Khona’ and ‘Happiness’, the former which ended up becoming the best selling single in digital sales for the year 2013.
• Being part of the Kalawa Jazzmee record label means they work with multi platinum selling artists such as Oskido, Bongo Maffin, Big Nuz and Mafikizolo amongst many others.
• He burst onto the scene during the Durban Kwaito music explosion in 2005 along with the likes of Tizozo and Professor.
• He also happens to be the brother of multi platinum selling Kwaito artist Professor.
• He teamed up with DJ Tira for his first single, ‘Chooze’, which went on to become a national hit.
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