Kabza De Small

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Kabza De Small
Birth nameKabelo Motha
Born (1992-11-27) November 27, 1992 (age 27)
Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Drums
Years active2009–present
  • Afrika House Records
  • Gentle Soul Records
  • New Money Gang
  • Piano Hub Records
Associated acts

Kabelo Motha (born 27 November 1992)[1] better known by his stage name Kabza De Small, is a South African DJ and record producer from Pretoria. Born in Mpumalanga and raised in Pretoria, he is regarded as the "King of Amapiano".[2]

Life and career[edit]

Kabelo Motha was born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and was raised in Pretoria.[3] Motha began his career as a DJ in 2009, venturing in the genres: Afro-fused house and EDM.[4] In 2016, he made his production credits by releasing his debut album, Avenue Sounds under the label, House Afrika Records.[5] In November 2018, he gained attention by releasing songs, "Amabele Shaya" and "Umshove", respectively, featuring guest vocals by the amapiano counterpart, Leehleza.[6][7] Following both songs, he continued his collaboration with Leehleza as he released the song "Bamba La", on 3 January 2019.[8]

Scorpion Kings, Motha's collaborative studio album with record producer DJ Maphorisa, was released on 5 July 2019, supported by the lead single, "Koko".[9] The album was certified diamond in South Africa, with over 100, 000 units sold.[10] On 1 October 2019, they released their sophomore studio album, Piano Hub, which was supported by the single, "Nana Thula", featuring guest vocals by Njelic.[11] As for 18 October 2019, Motha released his second studio album, Pretty Girls Love Amapiano.[12] In continuing his collaboration with DJ Maphorisa, they released their third studio album, The Return of Scorpion Kings, on 29 November 2019.[13][14] On 4 April 2020 during the covid-19 national lockdown period, he released an EP titled Pretty Girls Love Amapiano 2.[15]

Impact and achievements[edit]

Motha is often referred to as the "King of Amapiano".[2] He is considered as the best-selling music artist of amapiano, and also one of the pioneers of the genre. With his breakthrough in 2018, he played an instrumental role in popularizing the amapiano genre.[16] On 3 December 2019, Spotify South Africa, named Motha as the most-streamed South African artist in the platform for 2019.[17][18]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Avenue Sounds
Pretty Girls Love Amapiano Vol.1[19]
Pretty Girls Love Amapiano Vol.2[20]

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of collaborative albums, with selected details and certifications
Title Album details Certifications
Amapiano Volume 4
(with various artists)
Dreaming Ep
(with Chambers & Spumante)
Scorpion Kings
(with DJ Maphorisa)
RiSA: Diamond[21]
Piano Hub
(with DJ Maphorisa)
The Return of Scorpion Kings
(with DJ Maphorisa)
Scorpion Kings Live At Sun Arena 11 April 2020
(with DJ Maphorisa)
Once Upon A Time In Lockdown
(with DJ Maphorisa)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Prize Recipient/Nominated Work Result
2020 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards Favorite DJ Himself Won
2020 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards Favorite Rising Star Himself Won


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