DJ ChofyWith hit singles like Konakele and Nyani Nyani, Sma Mbatha aka DJ Chofy is blazing trails in gqom. Based in Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu-Natal, Chofy was a finalist on season three of the SABC 1 reality TV show 1’s and 2’s, where she competed for the coveted title of the top DJ spot. Chofy says she chose gqom because it is the kind of music that forces you to dance. “You can’t help it with gqom, you must dance when it plays, nakanjani”. Follow Dj Chofy.
DJ Prie NkosazanaPrincess Jacobs or DJ Prie Nkosazana has been in the music game since 2013. She says producing gqom makes her believe anything is possible. The Johannesburg based producer and DJ, who has songs like Washa Gqomu and Dance With Me, says, “Most music executives don’t take us womxn seriously, if you don’t want to sleep with them or pay a bribes, your music never gets played”. Prie, who is currently working on a new single called Thokoza Gogo, says she aims to continue playing gqom until it spreads across the continent and the world. Follow DJ Prie.
FAKACreative duo Thato Ramaisa (Fela Gucci) and Buyani Duma (Desire Marea) of art duo FAKA make music as arresting as their artwork. Their hit single Uyang’khumbula, is a rhythmic gem setting fires on dance floors across the country. The song, which was released in May, was accompanied by an edgy video, which has garnered more than 40 000 views on YouTube. The duo released their debut EP titled Bottoms Revenge last year, ahead of their upcoming EP dropping this week, and continue to create art and music that speaks of radical resistance and reclaiming spaces for black queer identities. Follow FAKA.
With smash hits like Wololo and Ganda Ganda Durban-based vocalist, Bongekile Simelane has quickly claimed her spot as the kween of gqom. The multi-award nominated artist, who is known for her sassy dance moves, came into the scene after her single Wololo tore dance floors apart throughout 2016. She has collaborated with artists like Cassper Nyovest and Big Nuz, and continues to raise the bar for music. Follow Babes.