The task of spreading this unique and authentic sound to the rest of the world is a colossal one. Which other musicians, aside from Rudeboyz, do you see as your fellow ambassadors for this genre?
Unticipated Soundz who used to be called Unti Chikz. Definitely. They’re on my new EP with a song called Amanikiniki. We’re trying to bring more of the uThayela style, which is quite rough, sort of like how Naked Boyz and Sbucardo and I did it at first. I don’t think spreading the music is tough. I think being authentic is tough, especially when you see other people doing it one way and you think you should do it the same to get the music out.
And speaking of ambassadors, you have mentioned before that DJ Doowap from Yfm was one of the first people to play gqom on radio. If you include the taxis on every rank that blast your music, how important do you think that early era was for gqom?
I think to be successful, the music has to become part of your everyday life. Getting on taxis is what we all do back home, to connect with each other. So it made sense to do it like that. I think Doowap got hypnotised by gqom too, it just happened in a different place in her everyday life. Back then, it was all about us and our home, without the influence of the outside world, so we could make music and share it in the way that we knew how. It was definitely important.
How is the Rinse FM residency going?
Here’s the link to the listen-back of the latest mix, which came out on 28 August. It has the new track from the EP and some of my favourite ones at the moment. I’ll be doing one every month.
Anything else in the pipeline that your fans can look forward to?
I’m re-releasing Anywhere We Go, the track with Shekhinah in the US under a label called ParaMetric this month and also going that side for Afropunk Atlanta in early October to perform with Moses Boyd. I also have a show in India with Magnetic Fields which is huge! I’ve never been there. It’s a lot, but I’ll stop there. It’s a busy time.