iTsotsi By Nature
The new Zakwe album entitled “Kubhodloka isfuba setsotsi” featuring the hit track ‘Bathi Nguyachoma’ with Danger and Zuluboy has officially hit the streets. The 18 track album includes contributions from numerous artists including SAMA-winning rapper and producer Amu, Ishove, Dome, Kay Master, Esphi and Ngame as well as collaborations with DJ Tira and Big Nuz, Zuluboy and Danger, and The Soil and Vuyo Tyolo.
Born in the Durban township of KwaMashu, the 23 year-old Ntokozo Zakwe first discovered rapping and hip hop when he was in school. Although his parents weren’t too happy about his love for hip hop he pursued his passion when in matric at Brettonwood High School.
“In matric, rapping was intense. We used to want to go to shows where there were rappers just so we could be there and see what it’s like being on stage. My parents didn’t like that one bit. They were worried about my marks, seeing that it was my last year and a most crucial one,” says Zakwe.
Zakwe began rapping at the Bat Centre in Durban where he was able too find his feet in the game. On completion of his studies, Zakwe released his first mix tape entitled “Street Music” which made a huge impact on the underground scene with two of his tracks making it onto the Hype Sessions where he received massive airplay.
But it was Zakwe’s idol, Zuluboy, who gave him the opportunity to dream big. Zuluboy featured Zakwe on his album, iGoda, earning him his stripes and a record deal from Native Rhythms and Sony Music Africa.
“Zuluboy was that one person I dreamed of working with. When he offered me a verse on his album, he made my dreams come true - he really did.”
Check out the new music video for Zakwe’s hit track ‘Bathi Ngiyachoma’ featuring Danger and Zuluboy; an iKind Media post production project.
One thing’s for sure, with his hard work attitude and the professional team behind him, this Kasi rapper is on the move.