DCE PUTS UNDERGROUND HIP HOP ON THE MAP
By: Sthandwa Gwala
One of Durban’s fastest growing underground music groups, Durban City Empirex have found more ways to put Durban on the entertainment map.
Known for their black and white performance gear, the three boys are living proof that talent is born and bred on the streets of Durban.
Melvin-Doo Shabalala, Talent Mculwane and Tugzwe Seme of DCE are key players in the underground Durban hip hop scene.
The three met in college where they were all studying music production. Seme had been rapping for about 14 years and Mculwane was also a music lover and he had been rapping for some time too.
Melvin grew up in a musical family. They all had ideas of what they wanted and where they wanted to go with their music careers so they came up with a common idea.
They started doing music in 2012 and they dropped an album in the same year. Having dropped three promo albums in the past three years and recorded over 150 songs, their hard work is beginning to pay off.
They are well known for the song called ‘Woza ngo mageba’, which talks about pretty girls. It is also found in in one of their promo albums. Each album consists of 15 tracks which are sure to leave you wanting more.
“Hip hop has a huge influence in the world and people listen to what hip hop says. When we started doing music our goal was to change the way hip hop music is perceived,” said Shabalala.
Their success is greatly influenced by their ambition and the support they get from their families. Their love, perseverance, hard work and dedication to music have played a huge role in where they are today.
They write their own music and have worked with producers like GB ENT and OleCis.
“We try by all means to make a positive impact to everyone who listens to our music, so that the world can be a better place” said Seme.
Their art is well received underground but they do want to expand their market to the rest of South Africa and hopefully change the misconception around Hip-hop being nothing but an industry that promotes loose language.
They have performed in places like Boulevard on Florida Road and recently at the RadioDut launch.
DCE will be launching their clothing line, “Durbs City Empirex” on the 30th of August at the Happy Hippo near uShaka Marine. This is just another achievement amongst their list of accolades and their careers are just beginning.
“All that we receive and do is part of God’s plan,” said Shabalala.