RISING STARS | Kususa plan to cement themselves in South Africa

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Self-taught music producers and DJ  duo, Kususa are ready to make waves in the South African music industry.
Self-taught music producers and DJ duo, Kususa are ready to make waves in the South African music industry.

They have already made their mark internationally. Now they want to create a solid hometown fan base in South Africa. They have played in Europe and have been on the cover of the Electronic Music magazine - Mixmag with Black Coffee and have also played the South African leg of the World EDM festival - Ultra 2018.

Kususa is an electronic music duo from Durban. Joshua Sokweba, who goes by Kunzima Theology and Mncedi Tshicila, stage name is Samurai Yasusa, formed the group in 2016.  

Together they combined their stage names and came up with Kususa which means "taken off from" when translated in Shona.

They are self-taught music producers and DJs who met in a gig in Pinetown back in late 2015 and quickly clicked and it wasn't long before they were making music together.

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“We worked on the upcoming single Abantu Bakho with a Durban-based Dance music producer - 'Argento Dust' on production for our self-owned independent label - Back Noise Music Africa,” they tell Drum.

The group has also collaborated with South African award-winning artists NaakMusiQ and Zahara.

The song came about while in NaakMusiQ's studio. 

“He started playing us his already recorded material where the vocals with Zahara were already recorded and we instantly fell in love with the vocal as it had an untamed, uplifting and spiritual message,” they say. 

They jumped on it and completed the record, taking a more electronic music approach to it.

“The collaboration was an opportunity for us to bridge that gap and have a homegrown hybrid sound which doesn't only appeal internationally but also here in the Southern Africa region. Abantu Bakho ticks that box as it has a message which speaks to all individuals in South Africa, and the production adheres to international standards,” Naakmusiq tells Drum.

Kususa is creating a genre called Afro House Music which is a combination of African drums with electronic dance and tech music. 

“The music has an international appeal and is most celebrated in regions like Europe, Africa, and South and North America. But our take on Afro house is a dark and progressive groove, usually targeted for the club scenes and festivals, and these are spaces we currently work in as a brand,” they explain. 

Despite making it big intentionally, the pandemic did create a financial burden for the duo. 

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“Covid-19 has hard hit us as artist as we usually perform in big crowds and abroad. We needed to shift our perspective on this, and we have ventured into curating events with our company/label - Back Noise Music Africa called TechMeDBN. These are intimate Afro House events hosted usually on Wednesday in Durban, working around our government Covid-19 restrictions."

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