UMLAZI’S SECTION SQUAD DOING IT BIG!
By: Silindile Ntombela
An underground Hip Hop group by the name Section Squad has taken Umlazi by storm.
The group was discovered five months ago by Thabiso Mvelase. Group members incude Mlungisi “MBM” Mpupha, Lungani ‘LWD Da big dog’ Dube, Buhle ‘lil Bee’ Ninela, Msizi ‘Zucci’ Shange and Tevin Gumede.
They fell in love with music while they were in school and they started raping then.
“When I was rapping my friends used to say ‘uyinja’ that’s where I got my stage name da big dog,” said Lungani Dube.
They describe their music as genuine and inspired by the township lifestyle. The name of their group is inspired by the different sections they come from in Umlazi.
Within fiv months under Mvelase’s management, the group has performed in big events for large audiences like The MUT fresher’s party in Umlazi, DUT Embali in Pietermaritzburg and Eyadini kaMjay. They have also shared a stage with well-known artists like Dreamteam.
Their songs; Bathini, Njalo Mangik’bona and We the Greatest are loved by their fans. They use their own beats created by their producers Khayelihle “KYE” Cele and Mfanafuthi “Music T” Shazi.
“Our music is different it contains useful messages, we want to change the community and influence the youth positively,” said Mvelase.
The group is set to release its EP soon which has three songs.
“Our dream is to work with top South African artists and show the world that Durban can also nail hip hop,” said Zucci.
Although they don’t follow trends, they do look up to some local and international artists like J.Cole, Proverb, The Soil, K.O and Lil Wayne. Though the group says they have been through many difficulties and rejection they still want to continue on in the music industry.
“We want to make history and last in the music industry, without our fans we’re nothing,” said Group member Mlungisi.
Other Section Squad members are still in high school and their disciplinary committee facilitated by Mark Ncanani ensures that they stay out of trouble and they commit themselves to their books as well. The group’s new single is Raising African Flag inspired by The Soweto Uprising.