1st single from Kwesta’s sophomore album, DaKAR – DaKINGofAfrikanRap: #BuyDaKAR on iTunes: www.smarturl.it/BuyDaKAR out now – Voted Best Hip-hop Album at the 13th Annual Metro FM Music Awards!
Kwesta’s career stared in 2006 when he emerged on the scene as a battle rapper winning crowns such as Y-FM’s Rap activity Jam and E-TV Freestyle Kings, which he held simultaneously before both competitions were disbanded. His first single Shap Fede became somewhat of a ghetto anthem after it was released in 2007 which was followed by a Mixtape with renowned Hip-hop DJ C-live & a Headline spot on the Sprite Hip-Hoop Tour in 2008. In 2010 Kwesta was selected to be a Brand SA ambassador performing at their nationwide roadshow tour in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup. He also collaborated with African greats like 2-Face, Jozi & others on MTN’s Everywhere You Go anthem which featured, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland (USA). This culminated in a performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony which was viewed by 500million people worldwide. His debut album Special Rekwest was releases in September 2010 and went on to earn him two SAMA nominations in categories Best Rap Album & Best Newcomer in 2011. In that year he was also named World’s grittiest rapper by New York based online magazine SOHH.com and E-TV Showbiz Report’s Rising Star of The Year. The release of his biggest smash hit Boom Shaka Laka featured Kid-X of Cashtime Fam & was arguably the biggest local release of 2012 also market his departure from Buttabing Entertainment in November that year to establish his own independent label, Urbantainment. He’s currently promoting his sophomore album DaKAR – Da King of Afrikan Rap which was released digitally on the 25th of November 2013 and debut at No. 3 on iTunes South Africa Hip-hop/Rap chart, behind Eminem’s Marshall Matthers LPII & Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. The album includes the smash hits singles Balloon w/ Jimmy Nevis, High On Life w/ Tia Black, Thul’ Ujayive w/ Zakwe & BoomShakaLaka w/ Kid-X as well as collaborations with Reason, Crash Car Burn, Maraza, Charles Mchunu, Jody Williams, Kruna as well as the Oscar nominated,Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir! The album has received rave reviews with Therese Owen of The Star saying DaKAR “will have the same effect on South African Hip-hop that Amu’s – The Life The Rap & The Drama – had over 10 years ago.” It’s a sure game changer and was voted Best Hip-hop Album award at the 13th annual Metro FM Music Awards.