The gqom duo from Durban‚ Lionel Bonga Msabala “Massive Q” and Andile Gumede “Andile T” and known as the Rudeboyz
The gqom duo from Durban‚ Lionel Bonga Msabala “Massive Q” and Andile Gumede “Andile T” and known as the Rudeboyz

Durban gqom duo known as Rudeboyz release new single called ’Shwele’

By Nokuthula Mabuza Time of article published Oct 13, 2021

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DURBAN gqom duo‚ Andile Gumede “Andile T” and Lionel Bonga Msabala “Massive Q” known as the Rudeboyz said fans should expect a summer vibe and a project following their latest release.

The single titled Shwele which means sorry, featuring DJ Tira and Dladla Mshunqisi dropped on September 30.

The pair, originally from Mount Moriah, said they were neighbours before they made it into the music industry.

Gumede said their similarities and taste in music had put them where they were now.

The gqom duo from Durban‚ Lionel Bonga Msabala “Massive Q” and Andile Gumede “Andile T” and known as the Rudeboyz. Picture: Supplied

“It happened that we both liked the same things. Our bond became stronger as we realised our common love for music production. House music was our favourite. We were both producing on the side, which made things easier for us when we decided to form our group. We wanted to create something stronger out of us,” said Gumede.

He said the song Shwele was aimed at promoting peace in the country and highlight the fight against gender-based violence.

“We were coming from a gig and Dladla Mshunqisi was there as well. We were having a conversation about things we would like to see change in our communities. We then decided to contact Tira and do a song with an aim to put a stop to the abuse.

“We all realised how these issues have affected our communities. Then we all agreed to make this song happen. We dedicated our time and worked on it overnight. We are passing out the message while ensuring that people who are enjoying the song still can dance and sing along,” said Gumede.

The gqom duo from Durban‚ Lionel Bonga Msabala “Massive Q” and Andile Gumede “Andile T” and known as the Rudeboyz. Picture: Supplied

Msabala said they were the gqom music originators as they proved its relevance even when everyone in the music industry doubted it.

“Our name Rudeboyz came from the streets because of our dedication to gqom music. The promoters and deejays started saying we were rude. Gqom was still fresh when we started playing it and most people were not giving it a chance as they were loyal to deep house and commercial music. Even the DJs did not appreciate the kind of music we were playing. However, we would go to venues we were invited to and play our music regardless of judgements. When we come through to drop a set the mood changes at the venue. People dance and sweat,” said Msabala.

He said their first release gave other gqom music fans and beat makers hope.

“We are the pioneers of gqom. When we released our Ep in 2012 we also encouraged other gqom beat makers and producers. Our release was followed by many other tracks by other makers who were fearful of releasing their music due to fear of judgement from people about their music,” said Msabala.

Among others the pair became famous for hits such as Okmalumkoolkat’s “Gqi”.

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