Electronic-techno sounds from Dubane: Kususa is behind Mzansi’s Afro-House resurgence
Kunzima (real name Joshua Sokweba) and Samurai Yasusa (real name Mncedi Tshicila) are Kususa – an innovative electronic music duo from Durban. Mavens of the new era of Afro-House scene in Mzansi, they craft sounds that prioritize indigenous sounds and the African identity. Drum patterns and authentically African percussions can be heard in their ground-breaking interpretation of House. Through what they do, they give South African House an identity, an identity that the world yearns to unpack, analyze and enjoy, because it’s fresh and unique.
The sounds of Kususa are hard in texture, somewhat dark, packed with rhythm and carry elements of tribal and ancestral House. The duo has creatively carved a lane for themselves with their unique sound, a lane which allows them to soundtrack and document the state of South African House, from the fans to the producers. Their style of House is upbeat, fast and designed for dance, which makes it easier for them to fare well in the House scene in Europe, where they prefer more upbeat, high-tempo, energy-filled and fast electronic music. In South Africa, they are kings at what they do, fearlessly fighting off mainstream influences and what’s prevalent and popular in Durban to create music that is genuinely meaningful to them. Kususa is behind Mzansi’s Afro-House resurgence in the international arena.
With a couple of releases through international labels, a Black Coffee co-sign and support from the underground House scene, Kususa is undoubtedly going to be one of the biggest House exports South Africa has ever seen.
Listen to their latest offering, ‘Malware/Igugu’, released through French label, Check In Recordings.