Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi (born 11 August 1988), better known by his stage name Kwesta, is a South African rapper and songwriter. He was born in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. He is currently signed to his own Independent and media company known as Rap Lyf with co-founder Kid X. His third studio album DaKAR II was released on 26 February 2016. His latest song is called “Spirit”, the video of which was shot in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni.
|Birth name||Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi|
|Also known as||DaKAR|
|Born||11 August 1988
Katlehong, Gauteng, South Africa
|Origin||Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa|
Kwesta attended Phumulani Secondary School in katlehong for three years, and later Alafang High School.
He took an interest in poetry during his high school years and received positive feedback and encouragement from fellow students and teachers.
In 2003, Kwesta, then known as Quest, and some friends, formed a group called “Ghetto Fellaz”, which became known as “The Juvenylz” with an additional member. His crew hoped to be discovered and signed, but this did not happen. Kwesta dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue his music career full-time. He recorded his first demo in his home studio. This demo caught the attention of Africa’s Most Southern Record Company (AMS), which eventually allowed him to use their recording facilities.
Kwesta, still a teenager, convinced his mother to give him taxi fare necessary to get to Buttabing Entertainment’s offices. This meeting resulted in his being added to Buttabing Entertainment’s roster, co-owned by founding members Shugasmakx and Slikour.
Rise in career
In early 2010, Kwesta was selected to become a Brand SA ambassador performing as the headline act at the nationwide roadshow tour in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup. He also was on idols but didn’t win unfortunately
Kwesta’s debut studio album Special Rekwest was released in September 2010. The first single was “Stomp”. Other singles included “Flash It,” “Babhemi,” “Flava” and “Pump It”. Kwesta was then 22 years old.
Kwesta’s second studio album DaKAR (Da King of Afrikan Rap) was released digitally on 25 November 2013. It debuted on the South African iTunes Hip-hop / Rap Chart at number 3, behind Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. The album was well received by fans and music industry insiders.
Kwesta’s third studio album DaKAR II, a double-disc album, was released on 26 February 2016 and was preceded by three major singles, “Nomayini” and “Ngud'”. The latter features guest vocals from fellow South African rapper Cassper Nyovest. It was released as a radio-edit on 23 November 2015, and the music video dropped in early 2016. In 2017, he released “Ngiyazifela Ngawe” with Thabsie. The video currentl has 3 million views on YouTube.
Kwesta was raised by his mother, after his father left the family when Kwesta was five years old. He addresses this in the song “Johnnie (Keep Walking)” from his second album DaKAR.
He is currently married to his long time girlfriend whom he has been with for six years as of March 2017. They have a child together, a daughter named Khai, born on 13 October 2012.
Stylish wedding Kwesta
Award-winning rapper Kwesta tied the knot with his long-time sweetheart Yolanda Mvelase in a stylish Western ceremony on Friday.
The wedding ceremony took place at the upmarket Thaba Elco Hotel, south of Johannesburg
It was the couple’s second wedding after the two lovebirds had a traditional ceremony last year. The two have been together for eight years.
According to sources, the classy wedding was attended by close friends and family members of the couple, along with several hip-hop stars.
When Kwesta, who was born Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi, was contacted for comment, he said: “I don’t speak about my love life and wedding in the media.”
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