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House and Gqom vocalist sets his eyes on the big prize

Emerging from eDubane, one can describe ‘Gqom‘ as a music genre that blends kwaito and house music. It is evident that the exciting sounds of the banging basslines are taking over as more artists from across the country are experimenting with the fast paced beats. We caught up with musician, Rambo S to talk about his music career and all things House & Gqom music.

Born in Nkomazi (Mbombela) Rambo S, whose real name is Silver Thobela describes himself as a house and gqom vocalist who looks forward to working with notable household names like Dr Malinga.

Talking about the gqom craze in Durban, the 21-year-old says that the genre will forever be more popular in Durban because it is from where it originated. He believes that the gqom wave has taken over the country and it will soon be spread to the rest of the world. He even makes reference to Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha’s collaboration with Kendrick Lamar; one of the biggest Hip-Hop names in the United States.

“Opportunities won’t always knock on your door. You should get out and search for them.” 

It is easy for an upcoming artist to release a song and share it on social media but it is often difficult to actually break into the industry and get it to play on radio stations. Rambo S says emerging musicians should make sure that the type of music they are creating is relatable and that the listeners actually feel a certain emotion when listening to their songs.

“Social media has made it easier nowadays because you can promote your songs on the radio station’s pages until they notice you and you should make sure that the first song you send them is a hit so they will want to hear more of your songs,” he says.

The vocalist also stresses that hard work will always pays off at the end of the day. Since most of the house and gqom songs usually sound the same in terms of beats and lyrics, he often tries to stay unique by being selective of which type of beats he sings on. “I always make sure that my beats don’t sound like other songs and I always try to find new ways to approach a song,” he adds.

Rambo goes on to say that he wants all his songs evoke a certain type of emotion that people will relate to, in order to avoid his songs from being overly hyped and then forgotten about after some time. Although house and gqom music is centred on partying and having fun, Rambo often tries to relay a message that his listeners can learn from and not just have fun listening to it.

Asked which tracks his listeners can look forward to hearing this summer, he says that Ngikthand’ Unjalo featuring Mickie Gee recently dropped last month and Lengoma ft Dj Tpz will be released in November; assuring us that this one will be a hit.

Rambo S’s music can be downloaded on SoundCloud, Fakaza, Naijavibes, Slikouronlife and also Datafilehosts. People can also get download links to his songs on social media platforms. To find out more, use the following contact details; Email: or Call: +27 60 872 1744.

~ Thabile Shange 

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