Apple Music today announced South African deep house music producer and DJ, KVRVBO (pronounced Karabo), as the next Isgubhu cover star in celebration of his 12-track debut album, Euphoria.
“This Apple Music playlist is for the house music lovers and anyone who’s looking to turn it up on a weekend, at after-party vibes, or just bang some awesome deep house tunes,” said KVRVBO. “It showcases how the sound of house music in South Africa is so premium and filled with super talented producers.”
Born and raised in Duduza, a township east of Johannesburg, KVRVBO was heavily influenced by the nostalgic sounds of classic house, fused with the genre’s new school flare of the late ’00s. After the release of his first two successful EPs, Plutonix Dreams (2018) and Dublin Express (2020) under Kid Fonque’s Stay True Sounds label, Euphoria is a versatile ode to KVRVBO’s musical roots. Featuring Jus Tadi, Simbad, Avi Subban, Rephlex and Billowjazz, as well as Tahir Jones and Bongani Mehlomakhulu on the vocals, each track evokes a unique feeling through hard kicks and punchy basslines.
Taking over Isgubhu By… for the month is the newly crowned “queen of Amapiano”, Lady Du (real name Dudu Ngwenya).
Lending her vocals to her scene-announcing feature on DJ Clock’s “Ama-Beer”, to the Junior De Rocka assisted smash hit “Catalia”, as well to one of SA’s biggest Amapiano tracks, Busta 929 and Mpura’s “Umsebenzi Wethu”, Lady Du’s choice of SA albums that influenced her choice for Isgubhu By… covers a wide scope of electronic music – from House to Amapiano.
When talking about Mr Jazziq & Busta 929 classic album, Mabajabule Abantu, she told Apple Music, “This album is filled with street bangers, the music you listen to with your boot open or dancing on top of the table. This was the beginning of our journey as the youth of piano.”
Launched earlier this year, Isgubhu is the definitive home of African Dance and Electronic music on Apple Music that spotlights and elevates the work of African Electronic DJs, producers and creatives. Isgubhu, a Zulu word meaning beat and used to refer to a banging song, pays homage to an evergreen set of genres and the African artists who have played a pivotal role in shaping the Dance and Electronic scene across the world.
Isgubhu also houses a collection of playlists including Spotlight On – a focus on boutique labels like Soul Candi, House Afrika, Stay True Sounds and Uganda’s Hakuna Kulala & Nyege Nyege Tapes and Isgubhu Voices – a focus on the best Dance and Electronic tracks that feature vocals.
Listen to Isgubhu only on Apple Music here.