‘I am definitely a different person’ – Kwesta is dropping new music

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Kwesta Dakar at a listening session for his new album g.o.d guluva.
Kwesta Dakar at a listening session for his new album g.o.d guluva.

It's been five years since the release of his acclaimed album DaKAR II.

In that time he's popped in and out with a feature or three, a single here and there, and some changes to his family structure.

Now he's ready to shake things up with the release of a new album and his fans can't wait. 

Rapper Kwesta has been busy making new music. 

The award-winning rapper is ready to officially drop an album titled g.o.d guluva on 23 April. It's currently available only on pre-order.

To the delight of friends and family, he hosted a private listening session in Johannesburg ahead of the long-awaited release.

He tells Drum that while there is a general feeling in his head that he makes brilliant music, there's always that thought that people may think differently, especially when it comes to what could be the next hit.

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“There’s the thought that people might not hear what you are hearing  that is the nature of music. When you are in studio, to you it might be pure but when you have to play it back to people that’s where it counts,” Kwesta says.

This is what he's witnessed with hits from the past. “I didn’t decide that they were hits – people decided,” he says.

His fans can expect a rather melodic and vintage sound from the Katlehong township artist. He was intentional about embracing the change in his artistry, he says, and focused on creating a sound people will enjoy and feel good about when listening to it.

kwesta and thabsie
Singer Thabsie and rapper Kwesta performing on stage.

“I am definitely a different person. By different, I mean I'm not the person I was five years ago. I have learnt a lot of things, I stretched myself a little further with music. I have tried things Kwesta has not tried. There will be similarities but I won’t be trying to remake anything,” he adds.

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As a teaser to the official drop of the album, he released a single in March called Fire In The Ghetto #FITG.

“The inspiration was frustration and also care. When you feel like the powers that be and the people who are in positions of leadership have turned their backs on townships, especially now with the pandemic, it seems that the townships must take care of themselves without the perks of being under the South African government,” Kwesta says.

Internationally acclaimed artist, Nelson Makamo collaborated with Kwesta on the making of the artwork for the album and single. 

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