Celebrity Profile

Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi (born 11 August 1988), better known by his stage name Kwesta, is a South African rapper and songwriter.[1] He was born in Katlehong, Gauteng, a township also known as K-One. 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.

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Earlylife Kwesta attended Phumulani Secondary School in Katlehong for three years, and later Alafang High School. He developed 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. 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 him being added to Buttabing Entertainment’s roster, co-owned by founding members Shugasmakx and Slikour.

Special Rekwest 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. DaKAR Kwesta’s second studio album DaKAR (Da King of Afrikan Rap) was released digitally on 25 November 2013. It debuted at number 3 on the South African iTunes Hip-hop / Rap Chart. The album was well received by fans and music industry insiders. DaKAR II 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. Ngud 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 currently[when?] has 3 million views on YouTube.

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