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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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