‘There are so many trends today that I’m not a part of because my music is a lifestyle.
I Live It!
It’s not me it’s the streets. It’s not noise it’s their voice.”
Kwaito is the voice for the youth in southern Africa but its being overlooked by gate keepers who don’t understand what the youth go through in the townships. They want to kill Kwaito but it will never die because it’s ours, it’s from here not anywhere else but from South Africa. Kwaito artists struggle to get gigs and to be playslisted on radio stations. I believe Kwaito artists should market themselves, unite and fight together. Mainly educate themselves about the music business.
South Africa’s fastest growing Kwaito artist Lloyd Mokone popularly known by his stage name ‘Ndukuman’ was born in Mpumalanga moved to Pretoria at a very young age. Ndukuman has performed at Oppikoppi, coolerboxing and Homecoming Africa – raising the Kwaito flag high.
In his own words:
‘I’m unapologetic about the music I make because life is real and it’s easy for people to relate to real life stories, that’s why my music and message is inspired by my own personal experience as well as peoples’ encounters.
Known for not retreating and, being military minded, promoted me to ‘Kwaito General.’
Ndukuman’s sound can be described as strong vernacular vocals backed by typical over the top Kwaito baseline, drums and other instrumentals.
“My music contains a flair that is uniquely South African and resonates with South African street culture as well as the inner city hustle in South Africa. It’s a celebratory Kwaito sound which popularises the urban township lifestyle and pantsula culture.”
By Ndukuman Shengu Lloyd