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The Authentic Gabadiya

DMD presents Kosha 2021

Join DMD in an exciting initiative to provoke the creative spirit. We start with background interviews with four talents. They introduce their culture, show off their craft and tell their stories. Originating in the hoods and townships all across SA, Kosha has grown into a collaborative creative movement of aspiring artists with a dream of becoming a creator. To show and share their talents with the mission of building a successful career in the world of music and dance. DMD is making it their mission to cultivate and encourage aspiring creatives to step forward and to join the Kosha 2021 movement.

We start off by highlighting some great talent and interview; Fafastra, Mr John Vuli Gate, Tebza Diphehlo and Gento Bareto. There is no doubt that in hearing their stories, you, as an artist will be inspired and energised into action. These guys have some interesting insights and we believe that their stories will give those untapped talents, an opportunity to introduce their version to the world. The Gabadiya’s stories are authentic and inspirational. Stay tuned to all of our platforms to learn more about their story, their struggles and their craft.

By Charles Shabangu

Kosha 2021 Presents Session One: Ntosh Gazi AKA Mr John Vuli Gate

Ntosh Gazi, was drawn to the sound of Amapiano. His talent and musical ability led to the release of the song John Vuli Gate. The 28-year-old Amapiano hit maker is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amapiano is a genre associated with the youth. Emerging as early as 2012 around the townships, the sound received the official title of Amapiano in 2016. A medley of deep house, jazz, kwaito and lounge music with distinct synths, airy pads, wide basslines and percussions from another local subgenre of house music called Bacardi.

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Ntosh Gazi, was drawn to the sound of Amapiano. His talent and musical ability led to the release of the song John Vuli Gate. The 28-year-old Amapiano hit maker is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Amapiano is a genre associated with the youth. Emerging as early as 2012 around the townships, the sound received the official title of Amapiano in 2016. A medley of deep house, jazz, kwaito and lounge music with distinct synths, airy pads, wide basslines and percussions from another local subgenre of house music called Bacardi.

Interview transcript

  1. What drew you to the genre of Amapiano?
  2. Do you believe the spirit of Kosha is alive and well in the townships?
  3. How did the nickname Ntosh come about?
  4. When did you realise that you had a passion for writing music?
  5. Which icons do you draw your inspiration from?
  6. How are you keeping your creative spirits alive during the pandemic?
  7. Tell us about the single you played on DMD Kosha?
  8. What does DMD mean to you?

Kosha 2021 Presents Session Two: Fafastra

Fafastra came to light and local fame with the release of his song GOD FATHER. The YouTube video already clocking over 53K views. He dropped this song in the very turbulent 2020 alongside five more releases. This man is clearly fearless and has a lot to offer the music industry, and indeed, the people.

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Hailing from the South of Johannesburg, Fafastra, a 20-year-old musician and dance artist was born in Katlehong the home of Izikhothane, and is now living in Thembisa. His Qgom sounds are inspired by the Skhothane culture and dare we ask “could there be a better combination”? We like that Fafastra is carving a new aspect of African origin, all we can say is watch this space!

Interview transcript

  1. What inspired you to take two such diverse genres to create your own sound?
  2. Do you believe the spirit of iKosha is alive and well in the townships?
  3. When did you realize you had a passion for creating music?
  4. Who are some of your biggest icons?
  5. Was creating music your way of keeping your spirits up during the pandemic?
  6. Give your fans some insights into your new single played on DMD Kosha?
  7. Why the grills?
  8. What is DMD to you?

Kosha 2021 Presents Session Three: Gento Bareto

Gento’s future in the music industry looks as bright as his DMD Ndwangu. What started off as a dancing gig in an international music video, has turned out to be a well-cooked music adventure. Gento, formally a member of the Skhotane dance group Material Culture, under the leadership of Tshepo Pitso, aka Don Dada, wrote and performed the song Shubirisha, the DMD Muracchini signature song [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMryfIw9tVs] in 2017 with the group.

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Gento, ever the creative, continues to forge a successful career. Since his big break in 2016, the 27-year-old has been outdoing himself. Gento, whose born name is Bafana Sithole hails from the Vaal Vereeniging, appears in his own music videos, doing what he loves best – singing and dancing. With song Samba Ngo Layini, which talks about being consistent and living your best life, the super talented Gento, continues to cook up some great tracks.

Interview transcript

  1. Where does the name Gento Bareto come from?
  2. When were you first influenced by the Skhotane life?
  3. When did you realise you have the talent to song write and make music?
  4. Which icons inspire you?
  5. What are you doing to keep your spirits up during this pandemic?
  6. Tell us about the new single you played on DMD Kosha?
  7. What does DMD mean to you?