Boom Squad goes for a new sound

Ntombentsha Msutu
FORMER hip-hop group Boom Squad have changed their sound.
The hip-hop tracks that made them popular with Motherwell fans have been replaced with kwaito tunes with a bit of dance music.
This is not the only thing that has changed about the group since they started in 2005.
The group started off as a hip-hop group with only two members Mziyanda, “Mzi” Jacobs and Masixole “Mesta” Fina.
In 2010, they featured a well-known artist in Motherwell, Vuyisa Lengs, known as Venecular.
Venecular became the third member of the group, and brought another artist with him – Mbulelo Matyhumza, known as Mangena.
“We had a single called Umoya. Whenever we were on stage we created ‘flames’. Fans loved seeing us perform and they enjoyed our music,” Venecular said.
“In 2011, we released our album, Kasi Rhythm, which has 12 tracks. During the recording of the album we had many challenges in terms of sponsors. We had to organise events and CD covers ourselves.
“We toured around the Eastern Cape to make money for studio time and preparation of the album.”
Last year, the group split and now only Mesta and Venecular make up Boom Squad. They perform a lot in charity shows and in schools.
“We also get a lot of help from Bay TV.
“They play our songs a lot. KQ FM has also given us a lot of airplay,” Venecular said.
Right now they are busy recording more songs and also doing performances.
“We are an independent group, we do everything ourselves.
“We organise everything, including our own events,” Venecular said.

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