ENTERTAINMENT 6: Kabza De Small – nothing small about the king of amapiano

Sizwe Sibiya

Don’t be fooled by the ‘Small’ in his stage name. There’s nothing small about what Kabza has done for the music industry. 

He is called “the king of amapiano” by his fans in Pretoria where he grew up and rose to fame bringing with him a new genre of music.

His rise to stardom mirrors that of Durban duo Destruction Boyz who also rose to fame with what was a new genre back then – ‘Gqom’ music.

Kabza whose real name is Kabelo Motha became the most streamed South African artist of 2020 when Spotify South Africa announced their annual lists of the most streamed artists, songs and albums towards the end of November.

Two years after the song ‘umshove’ first brought him to attention, Kabza’s solo album titled I Am The King Of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust released on 26 June confirmed that he is indeed the king of the genre ahead of acts like DJ Maphorisa and Nasty C.

Picture source: @KabzaDeSmall