Kwini Kuza – DBN Kids Set To Take Over The Scene

There is definitely something in KZN’s water. They have brought us the likes of Gangs of Ballet, Majozi, Toya Delazy and Okmalumkoolkat. Now they have brought us Kwini Kuza – a talented 6 piece children’s band who have not only already shared stages with the likes of Mafikizolo, Sketchy Bongo, Lira and many more, but who also just released their new single, Speed of Light, produced by world renowned producer Marc JB. We caught up with these talented kids.

How did you all meet / come together and why did you decide to start a band?
Lasandra: Our manager and our drummer’s Dad had put together a band of some amazing young musicians here in Durban – Saiyan Naidoo, Sabian Singh, Neo Mooi and my two girls, Entle and Sipokazi. They saw me performing at Durban Jazz Festival in 2015 as a solo performer and asked if I would join the group. I said yes and the rest is history!

How often do you guys practice? Is it difficult to balance your school-life with being in a band at such a young age?
Saiyan: We rehearse every Saturday at Durban Music School. We practice at home during the week as well so when we come to rehearsal we already know our parts and it’s just about practicing together. We are used to balancing school and music, we have been doing it our whole lives, it’s not that difficult.

Your latest single, Speed of Light, is produced by none other than world renowned producer Marc JB who has worked with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Rihanna and Britney Spears. How did this come about? How does it feel to have a song produced by someone who has worked with superstars?
Entle: It feels great that someone like Marc JB would want to work with us. He has worked with international legends and we are so young but our manager knows him and he was very impressed when he saw the videos on YouTube of us playing live. So we were very lucky and we are very happy how the song turned out!

 

You have performed at big stages such as The Ballito Pro, White Mountain Festival, KZN Music Imbizo, Awesome Ilembe Music Festival, Shisa Nyama Festival, Zini Music Festival and even the Durban Jazz Festival. Do you get nervous performing at such big events / in front of so many people?
Sabian: We don’t get nervous because we have been playing for a long time and have been lucky enough to play on some big stages and events. We get excited before a big show and love playing on the big stages.

Have you shared a stage with some of your idols yet? Who were you most excited about?
Neo: We played at Awesome Ilembe last year and Mafikizolo also played at that event. That was great because their song ‘Ndihmaba Nawe’ was one of the first songs we played together and we start some of our shoes with that song, so it was really nice being on the same poster as them.

You perform and cover songs across multiple genres including African, Pop, House and Rock. For your own sound, how did you decide a genre of music and how would you describe your music?
Sipokazi: We like all music so we don’t have just one sound. Some people call us Afro-Pop and we do play Afro-Pop songs but as time goes by we will release songs in other genres too so we keep it fresh.

What’s next for Kwini Kuza?
Lasandra: We are planning a trip to Joburg in July to perform on some TV shows and we will be doing some radio and newspaper interviews. This will be our first publicity tour to Joburg so we are excited about that. We also have some shows coming up in KZN such as the Stanger Fair. We enjoy playing the fairs because we get to go on the rides afterwards!

1 Comment

  1. JONES

    July 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely kids…. The future is bright

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