With less than two years in the music industry, self-proclaimed Gqom Barbie Thandeka “TDK Macassette” Mkhwanazi (27) has built a solid reputation for being a hitmaker.
This year she solidified her brand when she featured in Tipcee’s single Baleka.
“When I got into the industry, I was nervous. There’s nothing nice about being the new girl because people start to compare you with other Gqom singers. But I’ve managed to divert the attention and build my brand,” she tells Drum.
“I am no regular Gqom singer and next year people will see more of who I am.”
Next year TDK plans to release her seven-track EP featuring Nadia Nakai, Sjava, and Dladla Mshunqisi.TDK says people should expect more surprises from her as a singer and on the personal front. One thing that came as a surprise was her alleged relationship with Vuzu Rich kids star and rapper Liberty Mike Mhlanga (26) better known as YBK.
The Domoroza singer and dancer was recently spotted during the campaign of the new Renault KWID side by side with YBK, wearing a big rock on her finger.
“No man. I’m not dating. This ring is just a stop-nonsense. I’m not engaged or getting married to anyone,” she explains when we ask her about it.
“I’ve honestly got a very dry love life because I am focusing on my music,” she adds.
When Drum got in contact with YBK he broke out in laughter.
“I’m not getting involved in this, call TDK,” he said.
According to a friend close to TDK, they have been seeing each other for a few months and YBK has proposed.
“Of course, she will deny it because she hasn’t done things the traditional way. But those two are definitely dating and they are engaged,” he told Drum.
“You just wait and see next year. She will confirm it. Well, that’s if it lasts,” said the source.
YBK is not only a rapper but has produced a few songs under his label Rah Boys.