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Kwini Kuza is a band con­sist­ing of 13- and 14-year-old teen prodi­gies from Dur­ban and Stanger in KwaZulu-Na­tal. The name of the group comes from where the kids grew up: Dur­ban (eThek­wini) and Stanger (KwaDukuza).

Since form­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2016, the group has quickly be­come the premier chil­dren’s band in South Africa thanks to their nu­mer­ous achieve­ments. Mak­ing up the band is Lasan­dra Ma­jola (13) on lead vo­cals, Saiyan Naidoo (13) on lead gui­tar, Sabian Lee Singh (13) on drums, Neo Mooi (13) on bass gui­tar, and En­tle Mdlet­she (14) and Siphokazi Ge­bashe (14), both on key­board.

In­di­vid­u­ally, the mem­bers of the group have per­formed on tele­vi­sion, at ma­jor events and shows, and have also been fea­tured in var­i­ous news­pa­per and magazine ar­ti­cles. As a group they have per­formed on stages around KwaZu­luNatal, in­clud­ing at The Bal­lito Pro, White Moun­tain Fes­ti­val, KZN Mu­sic Im­bizo, Awe­some Ilembe Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Shisa Nyama Fes­ti­val and the Zini Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

In De­cem­ber 2016 they per­formed at the Dur­ban Jazz Fes­ti­val in front of an au­di­ence of 15,000 peo­ple. They have shared the stage with some of South Africa’s big­gest artists, in­clud­ing Mafik­i­zolo, Sketchy Bongo, Lira, Jimmy Dludlu and Kelly Khu­malo.

Kwini Kuza per­forms orig­i­nal as well as cover songs across mul­ti­ple gen­res, in­clud­ing African, pop, house and rock. Their ver­sa­til­ity is un­matched for such young per­form­ers.

The band’s sec­ond sin­gle, “Speed of Light”, was re­leased in April this year and was pro­duced by UK pro­ducer, Marc JB, who has pro­duced over 70 #1 Bill­board Dance hits and worked with the likes of Cyndi Lau­per and Sér­gio Men­des. The mu­sic video for the sin­gle re­ceived more than 30,000 views on Face­book within its first week of re­lease.

“Speed of Light” is avail­able on iTunes and other stream­ing plat­forms.

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