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Kwesta

Senzo Vilakazi (born 11 August 1988) known professionally as Kwesta is a South African rapper and songwriter. He was born in Katlehong, Gauteng, a township popularily known as ‘K1’.

He grew up in Katlehong Ekhuruleni, Gauteng. The rapper attended Phumuloni Secondary School and then moved to Alafong High School. During his time in high school, Kwesta developed an interest in poetry. In 2003, he was part of the group The Ghetto Fellas later known as The Juvenylz. Two years after the group broke up, Kwesta continued to find a way to breakthrough in the industry.

During this time, he had reached an agreement with Africa’s Most Southern Record Company to use their studios. As he waited for the AMS deal to bear fruits, Kwesta took part in competitions and events to make his brand visible. Kwesta participated in YFm’s Rap Activity Jam MC of the month competition and emerged victorious. He topped ETV’s Shiz Niz freestyle Kings Special. Also, Kwesta performed at The Rand Show, Miss Confidence Show, and The Durban Beach Festival. As he did all this, Kwesta had recorded several songs and a demo. Buttabing Entertainment added Kwesta to their roaster marking the beginning of his signed career.

Moreover, he earned a judging gig on the Sprite Hip Hop Tour in 2007 and a feature on The Ventilation Street Tape. Kwesta was also a part of The Nokia Defend Your Street Campaign and worked with other artists to develop the theme song. In 2007, Kwesta released his inaugural single Shap Fede which received relatively good airplay. Later on, he released a mixtape in collaboration with DJ C-Live. Early in 2010, Kwesta was among the select few chosen as Brand SA Ambassadors. Given this role, he performed during the national roadshows held before the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kwesta also worked with Kelly Rowland, Jozi, and 2Face among other artists on the Everywhere You Go anthem for MTN. He also got a chance to perform during the 2010 FIFA World cup closing ceremony.

Special Rekwest

In September 2010, he launched his premier album titled Special Rekwest the album featured hit singles such Babhemi, Flash It, Flava, Stomp, and Pump It. Flava bagged a synch-deal with DSTV and got featured in Loeries TV’s 2011 ad-campaign. Pump It also got a synch deal with DSTV and Redds. On the other hand, Stomp was one of the soundtracks for Death Race 3, a US action flick. Following the album’s success, he became SA’s first rapper to have seven songs ranked on radio charts within the same year. Special Rekwest earned SAMA nominations in 2011 for Best Newcomer and Best Rap Album. Channel O Africa MVA nominated Kwesta in the Best Newcomer category.

DAKAR

Kwesta’s first album set the bar high. It was a no-brainer when the sophomore album surpassed its success. On the 25th of November, 2013, Kwesta released DaKar. The album ranked 3rd on the South African iTunes Hip-hop charts during its debut. Some of the singles from Dakar include Boom Shaka Laka, Thank You, Make You Go, and Suster. Boom Shaka Laka became an instant favorite after its release. Some of the artists featured in the album include Kid X, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tia Black, Kruna, Jimmy Nevis and Zakwe.

DAKAR II

In 2016, Kwesta released his third installation named DaKar II. This album is the most successful of all Kwesta’s work. The stand out single from the album is Ngud featuring star rapper Casper Nyovest and Nomayini. South Africa’s Recording Music Industry certified the album seven times platinum. Dakar II has won the following awards SAMA best male artist of the year SAMRO highest airplay of the year (Ngud) SAMA best rap album SAMPRA highest airplay of the year (Ngud) SAMA best album of the year. Album number four onwards in September 2018, he released a catchy single titled Vur Vai. So far, fans are loving this single. Kwesta is among the artists featured in AKA’s album Touch My Blood. He is also working with artists under Raplyf Records which he co-founded with Kid X.

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