PMB’s King Dizo returns home

2014-11-14 00:00

MUSICIAN, composer, songwriter and producer King Dizo has returned to his home city of Pietermaritzburg to record his latest mix tape.

He’s also launched his own record label, Red Brick City Records, with partner Recca Govender after the pair hit it off when they were both judges at the IBV Children’s VIP in Durban recently.

Govender is a businessperson and entrepreneur in Pietermaritzburg — she owns Rotal Project Consulting (Pty) Ltd. and Auto Pro — and has a passion for music and the arts.

Both she and KingDizo, whose real name is Mfundo Lunga Tony Mkhize, want to uncover and nurture the amazing talent of the young people in the city.

“With me being around here will, I hope, help other guys to finish their projects,” KingDizo, who has, until recently, been living and working in Johannesburg, said.

“We have a real culture of hip-hop in this city … it’s rich in the pure sense of the culture. I also want to tell people, show them, that you don’t have to go to Jozi to make it. You need to go to know the game, who to talk to and how to get your music on TV and radio, but not to make it.

“I want to take Red Brick City to the world, but it’s hard to push the city when you are away from it.

“Being back home, I can create hype and anticipation … I really think that launching this new mix tape from here will go a long way to building the KingDizo brand.

“You can’t expect the world to know who you are if the people at home don’t.”

In addition to launching a label, KingDizo has also changed his stage name. Most hip-hop fans will know that he has been performing under the name KayDee, but having parted ways with the Lucid Records SA label, he wants to rebrand.

And with his singles So High, Buka Senzani and Blue Box, still enjoying massive airplay around the country, he’s hard at work in his studio creating new songs for the mix tape, which will also be called Red Brick City. It’s set for release on November 28 and KingDizo will be travelling around the country to promote it.

The young musician proved in 2008 that he was a talent to watch when he took part in the Redbull All Elements Battle of the Year contest and was runner-up for the producer of the year award.

His first mix tape, The Dawn, dropped in the same year and in 2009 he was named producer of the year at the Battle of the Bands competition in Durban.

In 2011, he was signed by Lucid Records SA, after the label’s boss, Ross Moodley, heard him perform and was impressed.

His first commercial release was the 2012 single I Believe, which enjoyed airplay on Y-FM, Metro FM and Ukhozi FM. But it was his fifth single, So High, that proved to be his big break.

The song debuted on Ms Cosmo’s show, The Stir Up, on 5FM, got onto the station’s playlist and then made it to number three on the 5FM Top 40.

Since starting his musical journey at Alexandra High School, KingDizo has seen his songs enjoy both critical and commercial success, and fans loving his performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, The Revival and Gagasi Picnic in Pietermaritzburg and the Durban July.

“I’m glad I never looked back,” he says, “my aim is now to complete my current project and to create hype towards the release and launch of my new mix tape.

“I also want to win the prestigious title of best newcomer and best hip-hop album for 2015.”

• Keep in touch with King Dizo via his Facebook page KayDee Lucid Tony or on Twitter handle,

@KayDeeSA.

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