Witnessing Mzansi’s new age music

By Drum Digital
30 March 2016

Witness the funk (WTF) is a boy band made up of 3 hip boys under the age of 30 years old from KwaZulu Natal.

By Qhama Dayile

And while many debate as to whether hip-hop music is dying a slow painful death and is being replaced by irrelevant slurs of bad lyrics, alcohol binges and a ghastly dress code, WTF (Witness the Funk) claim to be re-defining hip-hop into what they call Gqom-Trap. Their sound is a fusion of house music, trap music and hip-hop.

Lindokuhle Gcwensa (23), Charles Mchunu (24) and Nhlakanipho Shongwe (25) first met at the University of Kwazulu Natal where they became close friends and shared their love for music. In 2015, they debuted with single, Nomusa that was a hit amongst the new age cool-kids. Since then WTF has performed all over the country, been nominated for the Metro FM awards, they have shared stages with the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, OkMalumKoolKat, Dj Sliqe, Toya da Lazy and many more, all of this while being 100 percent independent and not signed to a record label.

These boys claim to be very focused and everything they do is to fulfill the musical dream. They have taken the fame and fortune with a stride and they have learnt from other musicians' experiences: “We are still young, we occasionally get distracted but we stay focused,” says Charles.

With only one of them having graduated, the rest hope to one day go back to school and finish what they started. With all his fame and growing fortune, they say their supporters motivate them and even their families love what they do.

WTF says they are here to change the music game in Mzansi and then hopefully abroad.

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