Cal_Vin drops Gqom in­spired track

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bongani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

THE South African Gqom mu­sic craze has proved too much to re­sist for rap­per Cal_Vin as he has come up with a po­ten­tial club banger in the form of a sin­gle ti­tled Jeki.

Gqom is a new gen­er­a­tion of house mu­sic that has taken the re­gion by storm and has birthed stars like Babes Wo­dumo who calls her­self the Queen of Gqom. Songs like Go­bisiqolo are also part of the dance­able tunes that Gqom mu­sic has un­leashed on dance floors around the coun­try.

Gqom, which evolved from Kwaito, tribal house and hip-hop, with the word mean­ing “hit” or “drum” in Zulu, orig­i­nated in the coastal city of Dur­ban.

Now Cal_Vin has played around with the sound with the help of GTI and Maw­iza who fea­ture on the track that will be re­leased today on Skyz Metro FM’s Vuka Vuka Break­fast show.

“The word Jeki is a slang word that’s pop­u­larly used to refer to a friend or an ac­quain­tance. I’ve been in­ter­ested in Gqom mu­sic for a long time. And as fate would have it, last Thurs­day, we’d gone out for a birthday party and on our way to the club, we were play­ing Gqom mu­sic.

“I ended up free styling and I re­alised that I could ac­tu­ally rap over the mu­sic. I whipped out my phone and started record­ing my­self. As I was do­ing this I kept on say­ing Jeki and that’s how the ti­tle came about,” said Cal_Vin.

He said af­ter the night out, he de­cided to play around with a Gqom beat in his stu­dio on Sun­day.

“On Sun­day I lis­tened to my record­ing more and I started play­ing around with a Gqom beat. When I fin­ished making the beat and putting vo­cals I sent it to South Africa to my friends who were blown away.”

Cal_Vin has since emailed the sin­gle to a cou­ple of ra­dio sta­tions with the hope that they will play it so it gets pop­u­lar.

“I don’t want this song to be the big­gest in Bu­l­awayo only, but through­out the coun­try. This will be my third big­gest track af­ter Beben­gakholwa and Zikhu­pan’ and judg­ing from the re­sponse, I think I can achieve that this year,” said the am­bi­tious rap­per.

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