Black Twitter React To A Video Of Kabza De Small Revealing How DJ Maphorisa Dropped Their Album Without His Knowledge:
Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, known professionally as DJ Maphorisa, is a South African record producer, DJ and vocalist.
A video of Kabza De Small revealing how the name Scorpion Kings came about surfaced on social media. The star said he doesn’t know how it came about, but Maphorisa is the one who came up with it and even dropped the album without his knowledge. “We were working on my album, then Phori Dropped the album and named it Scorpion Kings, then he caught a flight to LA,” he said.
Black Twitter started sharing their thoughts on the matter.
Maphorisa said he met Kabza through live gigs. “Live gigs helped me evolve and stay on top of things on the streets. Before organising a gig, I would always ask: “Who’s popping? What’s going on? What’s new on the scene?” Once in 2018, before doing a show in Soweto, I asked, “Who’s upcoming?” And the streets responded with a conclusive, “Stokie and Kabza”. So I booked them. Kabza had a hot single at the time, “Umshove,” and I immediately suggested that we work together. His friend also told me how he’d been a huge fan of my music from the Uhuru era. But with amapiano, I didn’t want to interfere much by introducing too many new elements. I was already a fan of the sound. Back at the studio with Kabza, I would study him while he did his thing and then step in where I’m mostly good at — songwriting and recording vocals. We had two different chemistries that benefitted from each other. We really vibed in studio, and as a result, composed a lot of music and experimented with new sounds.”
Maphorisa started investing in amapiano early 2018, and the rest has been history since tgen. “With my gigs, I wanted to understand people’s reactions to this new sound because amapiano was underground. What really sparked my interest in the genre was that, at the time, I was looking to get into something that originated in South Africa. Amapiano is part of kwaito and dance music. When I started working with Afrobeats, which hails from Western Africa, I felt that we didn’t have a sound that strongly represented South Africa,” he said.