Gqom man on the rise

2017-04-06 06:02
Nyanga’s Aux Womdantso is a big hit with the mixes.

Nyanga’s Aux Womdantso is a big hit with the mixes.

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Over the last two years there has been an upsurge of the house music sub-culture called Gqom in provinces such as KZN, Eastern and the Western Cape.

While the other provinces are far ahead with production and the culture around this genre, one local DJ has stepped up as a frontrunner locally.

Thulani Sam, better known as Aux Womdantso, from Mau-Mau in Nyanga East has captured the imagination of Gqom lovers with his mixes and live performances.

His mixes on social media have not only caught the attention of local music lovers, but event promoters as he has become one of the busiest jocks in town.

Despite the attention, the 27- year-old IT graduate says he is still honing his skill and he is grateful that he is getting noticed.

“I’m humbled by the support that I have been getting from people.

I don’t really know what sets me apart from others apart from the fact that I just compile music for the people.

I try to play what I know will make them happy,” he said.

Modest Sam said that he didn’t think there is anything special about his mixes but he was happy with the rave reviews he received.

The newly found fame is in line with his 10th anniversary since the first time he ever stepped up to the decks .

“I started DJying as a 17 year old and it was nothing serious, just me and my friends...we loved music and we started playing around.

It was around 2009 when I took it seriously I even went on to study sound engineering but I dropped out due to financial constraints.

I started off by playing commercial and deep house and Gqom only came back a bit later,” he said.

Sam said he is currently working on his production skills in a bid to release his own music and grow his brand.

He said that he is looking at going to Joburg to introduce his brand and see if the genre catches on.

“You know when people tell me they love my mixes and performances it feels great but sometimes it hurts because they often I should be much further in my career. All I can do is to keep working and hope that I can catch the big break soon,” he said. Sam will be on the decks this weekend on Friday at Skhaleni NY6. Find him on Facebook at Aux Womdantso Reloaded.


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