African Musician: Big Nuz

Submitted by Swazibella Jan. 18, 2010, 11:43 p.m.

Big Nuz

Mandla Maphumulo, Mzi Tshomela, Sbu Khomo

Mandla Maphumulo, Mzi Tshomela, Sbu Khomo make up Big Nuz, a Kwaito group from South Africa. The name Big Nuz comes from Big because they are doing big things and NUZ is the license plate of one of the biggest townships in South Africa, Umlazi, situated in the south coast of Durban. Big Nuz consists of 3 guys Mandla Maphumulo aka Mampintsha, Mzi Tshomela aka Danger and Sbu Khomo aka R Mashesha. The group was formed 2002 and they were based in Johannesburg where they hustling moving from one studio to another in search of a record.

In 2002 they did a jingle for Backstage on e-tv when the sopie was relocating to Joburg, they then got a chance to perform on Backstage. They continued their hustling in 2003 working with Koloi Lebone and Beatmaker doing songs that unfortunately didn’t see the record shop. In 2004 they hooked up with Ishmael and got to be featured on Ishmael’s album on a song called Boom Boom. In 2006 they finally got a record deal at Gallo Records and released their debut album called “Zozo”. The album did not do well due to poor management by Gallo Records.

In 2007 DJ Tira heard the talent of Big Nuz after listening on their debut album and called them back home in Durban. DJ Tira signed them on his record label Afrotainment. They then got involved on the Durban’s Finest Vol 3 album and produced a number1 summer hit, “Uyoysholo Wena”. The song was number 1 on Ukhozi FM, YFM, Metro FM, Ligwalagwala FM. The song also came second on the songs played on New Years’ Eve.
Afrotainment then released Big Nuz second album called “2nd Round Knockout”. The album topped the charts all over the country with all time classic “Ubala”. “2nd Round Knockout” sold over 20 000 copies in South Africa. The album won the 2008 Metro FM Best Kwaito Award and got a nomination at the 2008 Channel O Awards. Big Nuz took the centre stage at the 2008 South African Music Awards as they delivered a superb performance opening the ceremony. Big Nuz also earned two nominations at 2008 SAMA’s for best Kwaito category and Song of the year.

Big Nuz have been the busiest Kwaito group in the country doing shows from Cape Town to Manchester (London). They worked on the theme songs for KZN Department of transport and Nedbank Cup. They performed in 2009 ANC campaigns and President Jacob Zuma’s Inauguration. In the winter of 2009 Big Nuz have just released their third album titled “UNDISPUTED”. They have worked with their number one producer, Fisherman, and their mentor, DJ Tira. This album feature rhymes by Slikour from Skwatta Kamp, Chilli M and Lvovo Derrango. They also worked with KZN’s Gospel finest boy Sfiso Ncwane, the flute masters, Kwela Tebza and Durban rocksters DJ Bongs and DJ Twitty and DJ Clock. After you listen to their latest album uyoysholo wena (you will say it yourself) they are the Undisputed Kings of Kwaito.

Some of their songs are Ubala lo, Newlands west, Umlilo, etc

Umlilo (Big Nuz & DJ Tira) African Music Lyrics
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