Reeling off the daunting task of acclimatising to belligerent scenes in the doldrums, Nonqaba Rwaxa’s excelling talent and triumphal character impertinently inspired her monstrous return to the music window. An unnerving presence in the South African Hip-Hop vista; the disc jockey (DJ), radio personality, podcaster, auditory sensation producer and singer — known on-stage as Ms. Cosmo — has broken barriers with circular-knit ease, after the parturition of her debut Gqom genre anthem titled ‘Woza La’.
Taking on the function of a terpsichorean birdcall party catalyst, she escapades into the Afro-house panorama, showcasing her capacity to adapt and conquer new-sprung tonal pattern horizons. On this red-hot number she taps Blxckie a rapper, songwriter and record producer, reigning Amapiano dance queen and singer Kamo Mphela, Rudeboyz a Gqom beat-producing trio, as well as DJ and reality TV maven Nobantu Vilakazi — to contour the way the hit is today.
Determined pursuit mode kicking in; Ms. Cosmo’s chanted odyssey — spanning from her early heat for amusing on the decks to her present-day club, event, radio and tune creation prosperity — is a testament to her unwavering fidelity. Her trip has transcended the confines of a traditionally male-dominated industry, creating plethoric chances for females in euphony, through wrapped up warm initiatives like the ‘SHE Social Podcast’.
With a chronicle of gracing major stages aboard American global superstars like Kanye West a rapper, singer, composer, record producer and fashion designer, Chris Brown a singer, ballad maker, rapper, dancer and actor, as well as Kendrick Lamar a rapper and singer songster; Ms. Cosmo has indisputably well-grooved herself as a force to be reckoned with.
Her antecedent lullabies; featuring spectacular South African artists such as Nasty C a Hip-Hop knocker, songwriter, actor and record producer, Sho Madjozi a rapper, vocalist, songwriter, actress and poet, as well as Moonchild Sanelly a musician and dancer — have further cemented her presence in the landscape.
Growing, Ms. Cosmo’s puissance and cohesive face up into the Afro-house and Gqom arenas, typifies an invigorating and hotheaded melodic evolution. While Afro-house is a sub-genre of electronic and dance-house auditory communication chiefly industrial in South Africa, Gqom is a genre of electronic dance sound that grade-constructed in the early 2010s — straight from the Durban townships. Pioneered for the most part by producers DJ Lag, Rudeboyz, Griffit Vigo, and Citizen Boy; the latter was formulated from kwaito — a sub-genre of house composition.
Ms. Cosmo spurred into action; now, on the banger ‘Woza La’, this seasoned Mzansi DJ, master of ceremony, and radio hostess — principally recognised for her contributions to the Hip-Hop domain — is embarking on a neat and nice embracing blues journey, alongside a stellar ensemble.
Super combining the rhythmic talents of Blxckie and Kamo Mphela with the steel-cladded drum-pounding styling of Rudeboyz, as well as the dynamic presence of Nobantu Vilakazi; Ms. Cosmo knows a thing or two about affable ambition. This collaborative elbow grease not only underscores her versatility, but also plays up an electrifying and vibrant track that harmoniously fuses various elements of South African sonic gems.
Opined as “bold and colourful” — ‘Woza La’ — is an elating and infectious berceuse composed to magic spell audiences with its fusion of styles and the sheer natural endowment of the artists embroiled. This offering totally stands as a testament to Ms. Cosmo’s aesthetic superior skill and her readiness to diagnose fresh-cut frontiers in the Mzansi jazzy jams realm.
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