Hometown hero

2014-05-16 00:00

HE’S riding high on the charts with his music, but KayDee’s feet are planted firmly on the ground.

The young musician, who matriculated from Alexandra High School in 2008, is celebrating after seeing his single, So High, making it to the number three spot on the 5FM Top 40.

Speaking to The Witness from Johannesburg recently, KayDee, whose real name is Mfundo Lunga Tony Mkhize, said he has always loved music, and sang in choirs while in primary and high school.

“High school is where I went in a bit deeper, joined the choir and the Alexandra marimba band — I was the lead player. I composed most of the songs that we played,” he said.

“I also joined a rap and poetry society ... the society taught me how to express emotion, to speak out, not to shy away and go with the flow.

“It showed me that we’re all individuals with unique talents and that we can all coexist. This is where I started being myself and being content with it.”

Despite his love of performance, Kaydee, who grew up in Edendale, hesitated before deciding to embark on a music career.

“It took me a while to get my head and heart into this, especially considering it as a career,” he said, showing that even at a young age he had the right attitude.

Born prematurely on August 10, 1990, in Tugela Ferry Hospital in Tongaat, KayDee survived a life-threatening condition, which made his parents believe he was destined for big things. It seems they were right.

Asked who inspires him when it comes to music, KayDee said he admires artists such as Zola, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Euroz, Reason, Kwesta, Drake, Ryan Leslie, Pharrel Williams and AKA.

“I’m generally just moved by other people who are dedicated and who take themselves seriously and keep raising the bar,” he said.

“I also believe in myself and in most cases I’ve got through a lot in life because I’m self-motivated. I can always depend on myself to get work done and get through adversity.”

KayDee is delighted with the response to his music so far, but admitted that he never expected this level of success so soon.

“I believe I have a lot to offer the game and ‘my level’ is yet to be reached. I’m still just trying to put it all together, experimenting and having fun with every track that I make,” he said.

“It’s not only delightful but overwhelming to finally get to see and hear your hard efforts paying off.

“I’ve always been big on work, but even all that work had me questioning if people really love my song as much as it seems they do.

“I guess deep down I’m just not ready to settle so quickly. I still want to enjoy being the wolf making his way up to the top of the hill. The hunger is indeed fulfilling.”

Kaydee’s debut mix, Primetime Life, dropped on December 13 last year. It consists of 13 tracks, including So High.

He’s currently choosing some new tracks for fans to listen to. “I’m choosing between Four Flaming Lamborghinis, Geddin’ I t (featuring Gingertrill) and Let It Go, which are available on the Primetime Life mixtape, but I’m also really feeling a song I did recently titled Buka Senzani, which means “look at what we’re doing”.

The track is something of a love letter to his hometown and features these lyrics:


They said you would never make it

Now they wanna know where the kid from

#HighRotaish! (High Rotation)

Turn the volume up when the kid on

Working hard tryna put my city on

Red Brick City — Dizo kill it for *2



Speaking about the song, KayDee said: “It means that during this whole journey I have come across a lot of people who didn’t believe in me, and now that I’ve made it, there have been just as many people (if not more) who want to know more about me and where I come from.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m just another talented rapper who’s dedicated to making his dreams come true.

“Yes, arguably, I have got one of the biggest songs in the country right now [but] I’m working hard trying to put PMB on the map. I do it for my city.”

Kaydee, who is working on a full album, The Year Of Magnum Opus, which he hopes to have out by August, will be heading home to perform at Dance To Inspire in Pietermaritzburg on June 16.

In the meantime, this grounded young man has the following advice for young people: “Education is everything.

“Hard work pays, so work hard towards all those opportunities that will not only push you forward, but will also draw you closer to your dreams.”

• Keep up to date with KayDee through his Facebook page: KayDee Lucid Tony, his Facebook fan page: KayDee Lucid and on Twitter @KayDeeSA

• If you want to check out his music go to



• To listen to Buka Senzani go to


• arts@witness.co.za

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