Gqom is fast becoming a popular genre of music, not just in South Africa but across the continent. It has become so popular that on a recent trip to South Africa, a British supermodel raved about it to her millions of fans.
Now gqom has its very own show, aptly called Gqom Nation, which is hosted by actress and model Ntando Duma.
Aired on MTV Base, the show brings together some of the country’s best producers and DJs to one booming stage with exhilarating dance crews to strut their stuff.
Tonight caught up with Duma.
How did the show come about and why did you say yes to this job?
I got a call from MTV Base saying they had come up with a new music show and that I was the perfect candidate for it. I had to say yes because it’s something that speaks to me and I loved the fact that I had finally found something that resonated perfectly with my personality.
MTV Base is an incredible brand and I feel absolutely great to be associated with this popular expression of our urban culture.
How would you explain or describe the show to your friends?
There’s lots of energy and it is very informative about gqom music.
People get to know more about the sound of this genre, not just what’s on the surface of gqom. There is going to be lots of fun and entertainment and just a good vibe.
When it comes to gqom, what are your thoughts on the genre?
The sound is very raw and it’s something that’s already taking the world by storm. It is slowly winning people’s hearts and growing rapidly as it takes over the world.
Why do you think we need a show like this?
To help us understand gqom as a whole, not just what we hear on our radios or at parties.
What do you hope Gqom Nation does for the South African audience and even the genre of music itself?
I really hope it gets as much attention and exposure as other big genres in South Africa. I also hope it gets to open doors for those who love it and want to share it with the world, but don’t have the platform.
Who are some of the guests we can expect?
People who are new and upcoming to the game but started the revolution way back: people like Distruction Boyz, Rude Boyz, Thukzin, and DJ Lag.
You have a hot gqom song with Babes Wodumo. Can we expect more music from you?
No more music from me, I’m not venturing into music again. Doing the song with Babes wasn’t really planned, I didn’t do it because I wanted to get into the music industry. I did it to have some fun and to make some extra cash. I always say that if I’m not 100% passionate about something, then what is the point of doing it.
What else can we expect from you this year?
More episodes of Gqom Nation for the next seven weeks. I will also be launching my lingerie line in June, named Love Lisa. It is named after my gorgeous daughter and it is being launched on her birthday. I’ll still be on radio.
Gqom Nation airs Fridays, 6pm on MTV Base (DStv channel 322)
New MTV Base show Gqom Nation will be hosted by actress and model Ntando Duma.