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).