They look alike, they sound the same and they even finish each other’s sentences. After a year on the spotlight, Viggy and Virginia Qwabe, better known as the Qwabe twins, are still as thick as thieves.
Since their dramatic exit from Idols SA, the twins have managed to reintroduce themselves and are thrilled about how their career is going.
Soon after leaving the popular singing competition, the twins released their first single Hamba with featured popular producer DJ Tira.
“We were so surprised how much people loved the single,” they both say.
“Besingalindel’ ukuthi abantu bazoyithanda ngalendl’la. [We weren’t expecting that people will love it this way.”
In September, the inseparable twins released their debut album, The Gift of Love, which South Africans love.
They tell Drum that the title of their album is based on the love they have for music, their fans, and the love they receive from their fans.
“Everywhere we go, people are dancing to our album,” says Virginia.
“When we see that, siyazithemba ngempela ukuthi kwakufanele sibe la esikhona manje [It reassures us that we were meant to be where we are now.]
Drum caught up with the twins to hear more about the making of their album and inspiration.
While the rest of the country went into panic mode during the lockdown, the twins took that time and spent it perfecting their love for music.
“Sikhande le album nge lockdown [ We made our album during lockdown]," says Viggy.
The pair says DJ Tira told them to keep busy and write music and Viggy and Virginia were so amazed at how many songs they had come up with.
“When we told DJ Tira he told us to come to the studio.”
And that is how their debut album was born. The twins, who featured several well-known artists in their album, tell Drum how excited they were to work with musicians they grew up listening to as kids.
“Tira was like 'surprise' [and it was the] Jaziel Brothers,” says Virginia.
“I almost collapsed. The way I was so happy to work with them.”
“Ntencane [Maskandi musician] was there as well. Being able to work with them was such a blessing,” they both laugh.
The twins are lost for words when it comes to the support they received from their fans on the album.
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‘Siyajabula kakhulu [We are so happy]”, says Virginia.
“People support our music so much. We don’t even know what to say to our people for the support they have shown us.
“From the time we were in the singing competition until now, our fans have been so supportive.”
The duo says they both wrote the songs in their album. However, Viggy is the mastermind behind a lot of the songs, while Virginia comes up with melodies.
“We get inspiration from different things that are happening to people and things that we also face,” says Viggy.
They tell Drum that there is one song in their album that was the hardest to record, which is also their favourite song in the whole album, tittles Umuhle.
“It was very hard to write that song,” they say.
“We become emotional even when we sing it.”
The twins say this song speaks about all the difficulties they faced while on Idols. How people were mean towards them and how they look.
“We took that and made it into a song. So, that the generation that is coming after us doesn’t have to go through the same things as us,” says Virginia.
“The song says Umuhle, umuhle ngendlela oyiyona, noma abantu bangathini ngawe. Noma bangakuxeka kanjani. Unkulunkulu wakudala, waba yileyondlela oyiyo. [You are beautiful the way you are, no matter what people may say about you. God made you the way you are.]"
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Buying a car
Early this year, the former Idols SA contestants had social media buzzing with congratulatory messages after they bought themselves a BMW.
“Us buying a car was to reward ourselves for all the hard work we have been doing,” they say.
“Sathi Viggy mntaka ma [We said Viggy my mother’s daughter], let's reward ourselves,” says Virginia.
They tell Drum that seeing their parents happy when they brought the car home and celebrating their achievement was so emotional.
“I remember our parents praying for it when we arrived home.
“Buying a car is such a big deal where we come from, especially since we come from a rural area,” says Viggy.
Going forward, what can South Africans expect from the twins?
“A lot of entertainment,” they laugh. “We won’t say what kind of entertainment because it could be anything from music to acting.”
They will be stretching themselves so much within the entertainment industry, which is why their fans must just expect anything from them. “We now know that our purpose in life is to make people happy and tell stories with our voices. So, people must get ready for anything because we are here to stay,” says Viggy