SATMA winning Artist Dr. Bone celebrates his second radio number 1, this time on 5FM. Dj and media personality, Ms Cosmo took to her Twitter account to share her weekly hip hop chart, which revealed Dr. Bone’s Kwazet ft. Zakwe as the number 1 song this week.
This comes less than a month after Dr. Bone reached the top of the Ukhozi FM Top 20 charts with the single, which is a remake of South African renowned maskandi ensemble, Mahlatini & Mahotella Queens.
Says Dr. Bone: “2021, has been really good to men already. This is my second number 1 on radio and all within a space of a month. I’m finally reaping the seeds of all my hard work. It makes me so happy to be able to make my family and friends happy. I’m pulling a career highlight of over 1 million streams across the different DSPs (Digital Service Providers) and now my second radio number 1. It’s true what they say, they day you sow the seed, is not the day you eat the fruit”.
The chart-topping single can be streamed HERE
About Dr. Bone
Dr. Bone was born Bandile Maphalala in Bergville, a small town in the foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. At the age of 12 he moved to Durban. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer, a founding member of the group AmaRiffifi, a Pantsula crew, who left a mark on the dance scene in the early 2000s and gave Bandile his name – his moves were so intricate and acrobatic, that it looked like he was breaking his bones on stage.
While dancing and touring the country, he was inspired by the reality of the ghetto and the rags to riches raps of Hip-Hop. His early influencers include 50cent, Kanye West, Reflection Eternal. He started producing beats and working on his own rhymes and quickly made a name for himself throughout KZN.
Dr. Bone released his much-anticipated debut album ‘Lindelani’ in April 2016 through Warner Music. Featuring guests from across the African continent including Stonebwoy, Eva Alordiah, Endia and the legendary iNdidane, the album was met with critical acclaim from all quarters. The 14-song offering, also features ‘Fak’umoya’, for which Bone won the prestigious SATMA for Best Rap Song in 2014.
Currently in studio working on his sophomore album featuring the production of South Africa’s top hitmakers and artists. Dr. Bone is ready to share the next chapter of his life, all while maintain a sound that is nostalgic of the early era of South African hip hop with a traditional modern twist.
Ntokozo Zakwe (born 8 March 1988) is a South African Rapper born in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal. Zakwe was born in the township of KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal. He went to Brettonwood High School where he completed his matric and developed his passion for hip hop music. He then went to further his studies at the Durban University of Technology but due to financial difficulties he dropped out and chose to pursue his dream of becoming a musician.
Zakwe started releasing music as an underground artist, at this stage he released a number of vernacular mixtapes which were titled Street Music. The mixtapes were well received in the underground hip hop scene, this then led to two of his tracks within the tapes to eventually make it into Hype Sessions and thus received massive airplay. After the success of his mixtapes, Zulu Boy another Durban based emcee, featured Zakwe on his track ‘Zobe Zisho’ which led to Zakwe bagging a recording and artist management deal with Native Rhythms.
In 2011 he released his self-titled debut album Zakwe which was a huge success and was certified gold status by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), earning him five nominations at the South African Music Awards, he won the Metro FM Award for best Hip Hop artist and the first best Lyricist Award at the South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHAs) the following year, thus taking his place amongst the best rappers in South Africa.
Zakwe’s success and talent earned him endorsement deals with SAB Miller and Hennessey. He was one of the performing acts at the 2011 Metro FM awards in the province of Mpumalanga, he also was one of the live acts in the 2012 and 2013 South African Music Awards. In February 2013 he was the opening act for American rapper Kanye West at the Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2015 he released Impande an album which became an instant hit and earned him three nominations at the South African Hip Hop Awards for Best Album, Best Male Artist and Best Lyricist, He won the Best Vernacular Hip Hop at the 12th South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) for the song ‘Reverse’ featuring Duncan.
Zakwe released a hit single called ‘Sebentin’ featuring Cassper Nyovest and Musiholiq in 2017 which received positive reviews. A remix of the song was released in the same year which featured Blaklez, Musiholiq, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, HHP and PRO. The remixed version of the song won the Remix of the Year at the 25th South African Music Awards.
On 6 July 2018, Zakwe released his third studio album titled “Cebisa” which has gone on to reach gold status.
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