The singing sen­sa­tion will be co-host­ing this sea­son

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM KARABO JOYCE ■

GQOM mu­sic is fast be­com­ing a force to be reck­oned with.

The genre keeps most of us on our feet and it’s no sur­prise that British model Jour­dan Dunn and Amer­i­can pro­ducer and rap­per Swizz Beatz bob their heads to it.

The genre took off with such force that MTV Base saw it fit to give us Gqom Na­tion last year and now the show is back.

The sec­ond sea­son of the mu­sic and dance show sees the re­turn of Ntando Duma as host, joined by Bu­siswa. The gqom star, known for hits such as Banomoya and Mid­night Star­ring, said she was ex­cited to join the Gqom Na­tion team.

“I have done some work on MTV Base live shows in the past and a lot of their events. Some of their pro­duc­ers have seen me at these events so they asked me if I would like to present and I said I would love to,” she said.

Bu­siswa has hosted mu­sic and dance shows be­fore, but said that host­ing this show was dif­fer­ent be­cause of her in­volve­ment in the genre.

“Gqom is a rel­a­tively new mu­sic genre and the nice thing is that I have been heav­ily in­volved in it. So I am able to of­fer nice in­sights dur­ing the show. I know some of the dance moves, and I am fa­mil­iar with some of the lingo.

“Even when I am in­ter­view­ing the DJs and artists, I am able to of­fer in­sights and align these to their back­grounds, be­cause this is some­thing I am in­volved in and know about. This is com­ple­mented by the re­search I have been do­ing,” she said.

The star de­scribed Gqom Na­tion as a fu­tur­is­tic dance and mu­sic show and said that join­ing Ntando Duma was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ntando was pretty cool – we all know she has a bub­bly per­son­al­ity and she was very wel­com­ing as she guided me into it.

“I also think we played off each other quite well and I am ex­cited for peo­ple to see that dy­namic, es­pe­cially be­cause peo­ple love to say women can­not work to­gether; which is some­thing I am al­ways dis­put­ing.

“Hope­fully, peo­ple will get to see and know that two strong per­son­al­i­ties can come to­gether and ac­tu­ally play off each other’s strengths and sup­port each other in roles such as this one,” said Bu­siswa.

The show will see some of the big­gest names in gqom per­form on its stage and Bu­siswa has her high­lights. “I loved hav­ing Dladla Mshun­qisi, be­cause his per­for­mance was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. Of course, DJ Tira as well. He has been in the game the long­est out of all the guests we had in the show. When he was DJing it just turned into a humdinger.”

Asked what she thought of the in­dus­try, specif­i­cally gqom, where she is a gamechanger, she said, “The gqom in­dus­try is tak­ing over the world. Peo­ple should look out for the in­ter­na­tional stuff that is go­ing to be hap­pen­ing, and trust me when I say, the whole world is watch­ing; they are see­ing us cre­at­ing this authen­tic sound and grow­ing and build­ing it, pi­o­neer­ing it straight from South Africa and they want a piece of that.

“So, please watch out for the stuff that gqom is go­ing to be do­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally. All we need is for South Africa to sup­port that.”

The star has also just re­leased her lat­est al­bum, Sum­mer Life. “There’s a lot of new mu­sic, and the col­lab­o­ra­tions that I have on the al­bum are with a lot of young and up­com­ing pro­duc­ers that you need to know. Hope­fully you will get to know them more as they re­lease their own hit sin­gles as well.”

Can we ex­pect any­thing dif­fer­ent this year in terms of the for­mat of the show?

“I think the fo­cus and the core is the danc­ing, then the mu­sic. Be­sides the fact that I’m an ad­di­tional pre­sen­ter, we do try to get the kids to tell their sto­ries more and we do try to get com­men­tary from them; we are try­ing to get them in­volved, as well as get the vibe of where they are at men­tally. It is not just about pre­sen­ters talk­ing all the time.”

Gqom Na­tion’s sec­ond sea­son pre­mieres on Fri­day, Jan­uary 25 at 6pm on MTV Base, DStv chan­nel 322.

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