Real Name: Mkhululi Siqula
Stage Name: Heavy-K
Birthdate: 4 December 1991
Origin Country: South Africa
Albums Released: Respect The Drumboss 2013 (2013) & Respect The Drumboss 2015 (2015)
Today Heavy-K is one of the biggest artists of South Africa, but when he was younger this wasn’t his plan. Mkhululi Siqula wanted to be a doctor or a scientist. This isn’t very usual for most musicians. His whole life was about school because of the poor neighbourhood he grew up on in and the many robberies he saw. But the focus on school changed when his brother send him to collect movies at a house where a friend was in the middle of a recording session. This was when Heavy-K found his passion for music. And till now he never lost it! He taught himself to be a music composer, producer, songwriter and a DJ. This hard working man now has many successful releases on his name.
This is where Heavy-K founded a music producing group Point 5. At the age of 16 he produced Professor’s hit ‘Lento’. It was his first big hit. At the time of writing it got more than 2 million views on YouTube. This makes this song one of the biggest South African house tracks that was ever released. Because of his talent he left the group Point 5 and went solo. He said the other members were very supportive on this decision.
The influence of Oskido
In 2009 Heavy-K met with Oskido and this legendary producer and DJ had a major impact on his career. At first Oskido gave him the tip to totally focus on music because of his talent. Oskido also made place in his ‘I Believe’ program, so Heavy-K could learn to be a better producer and DJ himself. Later Oskido suggested that Heavy-K should set up his own company. The two guys worked together on the big track ‘Woza Nana’ that was released in 2013. The track also features Nokwazi and Thandiswa and can be found on Oskido’s album ‘I Believe’.
2013 was also the year of the release of Heavy-K’s debut album ‘Respect The Drumboss 2013’. On this album you’ll have to respect the drumboss because of his great signature sound. The drums and warm sounds are very welcome to the listeners ears. On the album you can hear numerous vocalists. On the second single ‘Beautiful War’ we can hear Professor again. The first single was ‘Wena’ with Mpumi. The voice of the great songstress adds something special to this beautiful track. One of the best watched videos of 2013. Also a nice clip to watch.
Bucie and other featurings of Heavy-K
Of course Heavy-K is working with a lot of other artists. His beats can be found on the albums of the earlier mentioned Oskido, Dr Malinga, Professor, Shimza and others. In 2013 Heavy-K worked together with Bucie on the track ‘Easy To Love’. The combination of her beautiful voice and his relaxed beat became a big hit. The video of this track was released and became the best watched South African House video of 2014. Till today it’s the biggest hit of Bucie and it was on her debut album ‘Princess of House’. But after the collaboration, the two started to have some issues. Most notably when Bucie didn’t thank Heavy-K when she won the award for Best Female of the Year, while he produced her biggest hit.
Respect The Drumboss 2015
With so many hits of course the name of Heavy-K only got bigger and bigger. Because his transistion of an upcoming artist to a household name he had to deliver again. In 2015 Heavy-K did. He released his second album with the very creative name ‘Respect The Drumboss 2015’. This album has two discs, so there were many hours in making this project. He also worked with bigger names. An interesting track of this album is with the Nigerian Burna Boy. The first single ‘Sweetie’ was again great combination of a dope beat and a nice voice of a woman. This time of Nokwazi. This single made the list of best watched videos of 2015. The album is now certified platinum. In 2016 Heavy-K released the videos of ‘Drumboss’ and ‘Umoya’. On the latter he worked again with Professor and Mpumi.
So this still young DJ is doing great. His popularity is getting bigger and of course this also benefits his financial status. He now even charges 50K Rand (more than €30.000) for a show. So he left behind his poorness and is going for world domination. It won’t be long before everyone all over the world can see him play his great music. We can’t wait to hear more of this DJ and producer and hope he will bless us with some more great tunes. But this probably won’t be a problem for this hard working man.
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