Koze Kuse be­comes an ac­ci­den­tal hol­i­day hit

CityPress - - News - THEMBISILE DZONZI thembisile.dzonzi@city­press.co.za

Many South Africans, whether at home or out jam­ming on a dance floor, ush­ered in the new year lis­ten­ing to Koze Kuse by DJ Mer­lon and Mondli Ng­cobo – but the hit was never even sup­posed to be a song.

Koze Kuse has been on heavy ro­ta­tion on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions re­cently, and it started life as a freestyle jam by DJ Mer­lon, whose real name is Sibu­siso Mh­longo, and Ng­cobo at Um­lazi’s Eya­dini Lounge in Dur­ban early last year.

The pair had just per­formed their track Who we Are and started jam­ming, with Mh­longo mix­ing sounds and Ng­cobo mak­ing up lyrics on the spot.

Mh­longo told City Press this week that for the next six months, fans pestered them non­stop to per­form the “song” again.

Even­tu­ally, they re­lented and headed to the stu­dio to pro­duce what be­came one of late 2014’s big­gest House tunes.

Koze Kuse is now avail­able on an EP with two other tracks.

“It’s been quite over­whelm­ing. I didn’t ex­pect it to be such a hit,” said Mh­longo.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of the song has opened many doors. I was signed to Univer­sal Records SA three weeks ago.”

Mh­longo plans to re­lease a ful­l­length al­bum this year and has names like Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo and Hugh Masekela on his col­lab­o­ra­tors’ wish list.

It’s been quite over­whelm­ing. I didn’t ex­pect it to be such a hit

SIBU­SISO MH­LONGO

AC­CI­DEN­TAL HIT­MAKER

Mondli Ng­cobo

BEATS BY DJ Mer­lon

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