DJ Maphorisa Reveals Why He Is No Longer Producing Gqom Music – It seems there’s no popular genre of music the South African producer DJ Maphorisa can’t produce.
Many may know him as the co-producer of “One Dance” by Drake, Wizkid and Kyla, but there’s more to the man than that song. He’s currently one of the go-to producers in house and hip-hop in South Africa.
As part of the quartet Uhuru, a few years ago, he and his mates crafted mega hits for the likes of Professor and Mafikizolo.
As a solo producer, he has conjured bangers for a diverse range of artists such as A-Reece, Mlindo, Sjava, Shekhinah, Zingah, Kwesta, Cassper Nyovest, among lots of others.
He has also given us hits of his own—”Midnight Starring” and “Soweto Baby,” among others. His 2017 album Gqom Wave, which was teeming with bangers, went gold, and he released another potent EP earlier this year titled BlaqBoyMusic, which had both gqom and hip-hop songs.
Amapiano is a new sound is taking over the Mzansi music scene, and no it does not involve autotune, synthesized beats, or a kasi version of dubstep. Now a Fan asked if he would be able to create a gqom track and bless them with new music since in Durban its one of the dominating genre’s.
songs like Isikhathi, Kokota and Shesha Geza not only have partygoers around the country on their feet, but the genre is leading the radio charts and slowly infusing itself into popular culture lingo.
But what does this mean for the Durban-bred genre pioneered by Distruction Boyz, DJ Tira and DJ Maphorisa? Is Gqom really dead?
DJ Maphorisa responded with a detailed explanation to why he decided to pull back from the genre and this is what he had to say: