United By A Common Passion To Succeed In Music

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The unapologetic duo Thuto Mothoage (28) and Lebogang Matsafu (29) aka New Kings, both Hip Hop rappers and musically talented decided to come together in the pursuit of what they share in common which is music.

Both born and raised in Kagiso a township in the Westrand of Johannesburg. The duo’s initial group name was TC & Badass, but suggested by one of their producers, Zeb that the name “New King’s” would be best suited.

Inspired by well – known South African artists, who by their own right are legends such as the likes of the late Brenda Fassie,HHP and TKZEE. The duo writes their own lyrics that are poetically inclined in the hopes of telling a thought visual story. Looking up to prominent figures pushes them to work hard in the hopes of also being influential and living a legacy in the music industry one day.

New Kings discovered their individual talents as musicians, at an early age when they realized their capabilities of playing around with words that had influence to those that listened when they were competing in local rap battles. “It was all about being in the streets back in the day free – styling and putting up a show for locals,” Thuto says.

Although every road to success is not a smooth one, challenges they are facing as musicians is getting their music played on radio and the lack of finances, that would help promote their music accordingly. “It is important to have a great marketing team as musicians,” said Lebogang. With the hard work they put in on a daily basis trying to craft the art of music, they are certain that they will acquire deserved recognition that will put them on the map, without a doubt their hard-work will surely pay off.

If they are not listening to Hip-Hop tracks the duo, listens to other music genres that help inspire them to tap into their creative sides. They would like to thank their families and fans for supporting them ever since they started as musicians; the support keeps them going during the dark days as artists in the cut – throat Hip Hop scene, which is currently a very competitive genre of music in South Africa.

“Our unique stories that are told in our music set us apart from other artists or Hip-Hop groups,” Thuto said.


They are currently working on a new album that is set to be released, hopefully the second quarter of the year which will be around June. The date is yet to be finalized, local fans should be on the lookout.



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