The man be­hind uBaba kaDuduzane

He’s a med­i­cal stu­dent who just loves cre­at­ing mu­sic – and his song uBaba kaDuduzane is a sur­prise hit


IT’S al­most im­pos­si­ble to go any­where these days with­out hear­ing the catchy sounds of Ubaba kaDuduzane blar­ing from ev­ery taxi. The video to the hit gqom song, which fea­tures video and au­dio of op­po­si­tion politi­cians bay­ing for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s blood, went vi­ral overnight – much to the sur­prise of its cre­ator, Thabo “Tboy Daflame” Moagi. “I didn’t ex­pect it to be such a big hit,” he says of the video, which was down­loaded 2 000 times the day it dropped.

The song was in­spired by re­cent par­lia­men­tary ses­sions where Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighter leader Julius Malema re­fused to ad­dress the pres­i­dent as such.

In­stead the EFF chief in­sisted on call­ing him uBaba kaDuduzane, in ref­er­ence to his son Duduzane Zuma, who is a close busi­ness as­so­ci­ate of the Gup­tas.

But Thabo says he didn’t cre­ate the track to make a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

“I just want peo­ple to be so­cially aware,” says the 20-year-old, who’s study­ing medicine at Wits Univer­sity.

“So it wasn’t so much about the phrase that I de­cided to do the song. A lot of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans have been call­ing Zuma

Tthe fa­ther of Duduzane and when you say some­thing a lot and hear it of­ten it be­comes a catch­phrase.” HABO cre­ated the song on his lap­top in his var­sity res­i­dent room us­ing au­dio soft­ware called Fruity Loops Stu­dio.

“It took me less than a day to do the whole song. Putting to­gether a video took close to two weeks,” he ex­plains.

Yet he didn’t in­tend to share it with the pub­lic. “I sam­pled my friends and rel­a­tives. They said it’s a cool song and en­cour­aged me to put it out there.”

And he hasn’t re­gret­ted it – it’s since been viewed more than 255 000 times on YouTube.

Thabo hasn’t re­ceived any fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for the song – “at least not yet”, he says. “I’m happy to do gigs if pro­mot­ers ask me. I’m also open to the idea of col­lab­o­rat­ing with other artists. I just need to make sure I don’t sac­ri­fice the time I need for my stud­ies.”

Born in Tza­neen, Lim­popo, the sec­ond-year med stu­dent took a lik­ing to mu­sic at a young age. “Back in 2009 I was an as­pir­ing rap­per,” he says.

“I’d cre­ate in­stru­men­tals and rap on them. I make a lot of mu­sic. I prob­a­bly have at least 50 work-in-progress songs on my lap­top.”

One of his tracks, Ganda Ganda, a re­make of a song orig­i­nally done by Babes Wo­dumo, has re­ceived 70 000 YouTube views.

“I’ve been ad­vised to in­vest in my mu­sic. I’ve also heard I can earn roy­al­ties through the South­ern African Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Thabo says.

How­ever, he has no plans to quit medicine for mu­sic.

“My plan is to be a car­di­ol­o­gist or neu­rol­o­gist. If time al­lows I’ll make mu­sic – I’ll be the sort of car­di­ol­o­gist who op­er­ates on hearts by day and makes mu­sic by night,” he says, laugh­ing.

Watch out, Dr Tumi!

‘When you say some­thing a lot and hear it of­ten it be­comes a catch­phrase’

Thabo “Tboy Daflame” Moagi (BE­LOW LEFT) didn’t ex­pect his catchy song uBaba kaDuduzane to be such a hit. The video fea­tures clips from par­lia­men­tary ses­sions (LEFT) in­ter­spersed with peo­ple pulling fancy dance moves – in­clud­ing Ja­cob Zuma (FAR LEFT).

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