Distruction Boyz were declared winners of the public-voted record of the year for their hit, Omunye. Picture: Sama

DURBAN - THE Distruction Boyz duo are gearing up for a massive platinum party in Durban. The duo also have an upcoming trip to Dallas, Texas, where they have been nominated in the African Music Awards (Afrima) in the Best Duo/Band category for their hit song Omunye.

One half of the Distruction Boyz, Quinton “Que” Mgobhozi, said on Thursday that they were feeling very confident ahead of the trip to Dallas. The Afrima Awards take place on October 7th.

Distruction Boyz are nominated with various local artists including Shekhinah, Babes Wodumo, Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, eMtee, Kwesta, Shane Eagle, Rouge, Amanda Black, Nadia Nakai, Frank Casino, Goldfish, DJ Maphorisa, Master KG, and Mafikizolo.

Distruction Boyz are nominated in the African Electro and Best Duo/Band categories.

“It is still ‘Omunye season’ at a lot of places around the world,” said Mgobhozi.  “When we travel people are still vibing to it. Like, we were in Nairobi, Kenya, a few weeks back and the reception was insane, with people from all races groups, Black and White, embracing the music, we think our music is breaking boundaries at the moment,” he said.

The Distruction Boyz said they were “just under a thousand” sales away from selling platinum. Mgobhozi said they would be the first Gqom artists to reach platinum status and to celebrate, they have already planned a platinum celebration themed party at Eyadini Lounge in uMlazi, Durban, for next weekend.

And at the end of September, they plan on releasing an EP titled It Was All A Dream.

“We worked with a lot of people for this EP. All we can say is that we have crossed borders for this EP. People who are fans of our art wanted to collaborate and we did it,” he said.

Asked why not an album, Mgobhozi said they still wanted to push their debut album Gqom Is The Future, and had deceased to release the EP - which has fewer songs - to keep fans conscious that they were still around.

“We are sure that we will reach platinum by September 16, we have massive support in Durban, in Cape Town, in Joburg,” he said.  

“We are about to launch a campaign to get the final sales to hit platinum. We want to touch people’s hearts. A lot of people lose faith when they graduate and maybe they can’t find a job, we are going to remind people that a few years back we had nothing too, but now we are able to a lot of things. We are a prime example that anyone can make it out there, just stay true to the art and yourself the whole time,” he said.

SUNDAY TRIBUNE