23 October 2017

Distruction Boyz: Duo behind Gqom music

Distruction Boyz just released their debut album "Gqom is the Future" and vow to keep Africa dancing this festive season.

Distruction Boyz is a Durban based duo made up of producers, Zipho Mthembu popularly known as Goldmax and Thobani Mgobhozi who is known as Que. It is believed that the duo is behind the pioneering of the Gqom genre. Like most musicians, Distruction Boyz started off by making mixtapes, then producing music which they distributed in local taxi ranks. Their music became popular in Durban especially in shebeens, and was described as "destructive". This is what inspired the name Distruction Boyz.

Describing Gqom music to BET Africa, Goldmax said, "It's the drums and the high tempo rhythm. The unusual drum kicks and the hard-hitting baselines is what make it unique."
Que added that Gqom music opposes traditional house beats and has been highly embraced by the youth, "creating a new culture and for this generation".

The duo said their musical journey has not been easy especially coming with something different to the market. "It has been a long and bumpy ride but we have learnt a lot from people in the industry. The road ahead is still long but we have guidance from fellow artists who have been in the industry longer than we have."

Distruction Boyz are best known for their collaboration with Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha, in producing the hit song "Wololo" which was nominated for various awards.

Speaking about their debut album, Que said, "It is all about Gqom music, for the people to dance to and enjoy especially since the festive season is around the corner. In this album we have featured the likes of DJ Tira, Benny Maverick, Mushunqisi, Tipcee, Rude Boyz and Prince Bulo."

"This album is our first studio album and we just want to thank the Lord for putting us where we are today if it was not for Him we would not be able to release this album. We also would like to thank the public for believing in us and making this dream come true, who would have known that just two township kids would be this influential to the mass market with their own style," Distruction Boyz told BET Africa.

Goldmax added that they are aiming for gold status and also that this music genre would spread all over the world "to show every kid out there who has a dream that dreams do come true."

Thulile Gama