Shugasmakx on doing TV work and the return of Skwatta Kamp

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Shugasmakx, is the man behind Mzansi Magic's Grootboom and Sons.
Shugasmakx, is the man behind Mzansi Magic's Grootboom and Sons.
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They were known for dropping hit after hit. Every car and gathering played their music in high volume throughout the year and the festive season. 

And now they have another banger album planned. 

Skwatta Kamp has been working on new music, one of the group’s founding members Lebo Mothibe aka Shugasmakx tells us. 

“The album is ready,” he says.

“We are just working on a few things to make sure that it is dope. We had released two singles a while back, but they did not do as well as we had hoped. So, we went back to the drawing board to see what we had to do to deliver a dope comeback album and I think we have done it. Obviously, the game has changed so we had to work on a few things,” he adds.

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The Umoya and The Clap Song hitmakers have been out of the spotlight, but they have been working, Shugasmakx explains.

“We are pushing hey. We are cooking up a few things. It may seem like there is silence but behind the scenes isphithiphithi, siyasebenza trying to make sure that we do things the right way.

“Success is not just living a flashy life, but also changing people’s lives and building a legacy. What we do has the ripple effect on the people we work with because they benefit too, so we are trying to change the economy one project at a time,” he says. 

We also caught up with him about the series Grootboom and Sons, which was produced by his production company, Meca in collaboration with War Child Entertainment. It airs on Mzansi Magic on Mondays at 8pm.

He is no stranger to television. As a child star he was famous for his role on Dynamite Diepkloof Dudes.

“I started my tv career when I was 8 years old when I was on Sgudi 'Snaysi. From 8 to about 14 I was acting and did a couple of ads. Then Dynamite Diepkloof Dudes was in 1997. I was studying drama. Then the music thing started picking up in high school from about 1999. Then it was the Skwatta Kamp years but I had cameo appearances on a number of shows like City Sesla and Society,” he says.

He presented a show called My Perfect Proposal and that was when the TV bug bit him again.

“I decided that I should go behind the scenes. I was familiar with producing corporate videos and music videos. Being a rapper is all about telling stories and that helped when putting Grootboom and Sons together.  We had been pitching it for the longest time, since 2018.

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“It's nerve wrecking seeing it on TV because we hope it is well received by the audience. We tried our best but we cannot pay too much attention to social media. We love getting constructive criticism and not just people criticizing because they want likes and retweets so they can trend. We have gotten good and bad reviews. It is a 13 episode project and we will see how it goes.”

The show is about a Xhosa family based in Joburg that has a funeral parlour as their family business.

As the interview happened in the afternoon, he was wrapping up his day, preparing to fetch his two sons from daycare.

“Oh, parenting is crazy and so rewarding man,” he says.

“Between ourselves, the Mrs and I alternate about dropping them off and picking them up, but I am usually the afternoon guy. It is so amazing to experience such unconditional love.”

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