On the 18th of June 2016 Kwesta will be performing as a special guest on the homecoming finale leg of Grammy Award-winning US Rapper T.I.’s “Hustle Gang Tour” at the Coca-Cola Roxy Centre
in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Da King of Afrikan Rap returns to the United States just 3-months after headlining his first US show at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas in March 2017. The 35th and
penultimate leg of the Hustle Gang Tour will see the King of The South, who performed in Johannesburg, South Africa as recently as late last year, extending an invitation to recently crowned
South African Hip-Hop King, Kwesta who will taking his band with him, to perform in T.I.’s hometown.
The 18th of January 2016 was the day Kwesta release what would go on to be the biggest South African Hip-hop single of all-time and the biggest crossover single since Mandoza’s Nkalakatha, off
of the first Platinum-selling double album in South African Hip Hop history, DaKAR II. Even before he succumbed to cancer Mandoza expressed that the record had moved him so much that he
wanted to record a new record with both Kwesta and Cassper Nyovest who both made history with the quintuple (5 times) platinum single Ngud’. Ngud went on to hit Top 100 on iTunes charts
across the continent and Radio charts in 17 different African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and
Mozambique as well as being play-listed on BBC 1Xtra. In South Africa the single topped the Radio Airplay chart for a record 21 weeks. And was the only South African single in the Top 10 of
the iTunes and Apple Music Top 100 of 2016 at number 9. It was nominated in the Song of The Year category in more the 10 awards ceremonies across the continent, most notably the MTV
MAMAs (Winner: Patoranking – No Kissing).
DaKAR II has since spawned three more South African Radio Airplay Top 10 singles including Day One (peak: number 4), Mayibabo (peak: number 2) and most recently Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe (peak:
number 1). In January 2017 curators at iTunes and Apple Music South Africa named it Best Album of 2016.
The Platinum-selling double album is a certified classic and has made Kwesta one of the most promising break-through artists on the African continent. At home the album single-handedly made Kwesta the most awarded Rap artist in South African Music Awards history, when he broke Zahara’s record of most SAMAs by a solo artist in a single year when he won 6 statuettes at the 23rd Annual South African Music Awards held at the Sun City Super Bowl on the 26th and 27th of May 2017. The night will forever be seen as the year Kwesta saved the SAMAs by deservedly winning Best Rap Album, Best Male Album, Best Collaboration with Cassper Nyovest, both the SAMRO & SAMPRA highest airplay awards as well as the biggest award of the night Album of the Year. He lost two awards, one to himself when Mayibabo lost in the Best Collaboration category to Ngud’ and the other to Nasty C who silenced the nation and ended the awards in outrage when he controversially claimed the Record of The Year award for Hell Naw.
This year, the father of one will be embarking on his first continental tour of Africa and he’ll be working on his first worldwide album release with which he aims to break into the lucrative US, European & Asian markets. The best is yet to come for the K1 God.
In the 10 years since his first single announced his arrival in the South African music industry, Kwesta has carved out a very unique lane for himself. He’s maintained the street-cred that made him a revered battle rapper before he got his first recording deal, became one the internet ages’ most
successful South African artist, released chart topping singles in every popular genre and now he’s putting all that experience to use and grooming the next generation of African Rap superstars with his new imprint Rap Lyf Records which sees him partnering with friend and fellow rapper KiD X. The label is the legacy project for the rapper who has come to be considered a living legend by the South African Hip Hop fraternity.