MTV base (DStv channel 322) launches into the New Year with its continued commitment of bringing audiences local content productions that resonate strongly with viewers, by announcing the sequel of the riveting television show Gqom Nation today. The sequel features Banomoya crooner Busiswa as co-host of the epic music and dance show, working alongside Ntando Duma – who has been with the series since it launched in 2017. Filmed in KwaZulu-Natal where the genre initially exploded, the latest season of Gqom Nation will premiere on MTV base (DStv channel 322) on Friday, 25 January 2019 at 18:00 CAT.
Produced by The Visual Content Gang, on its debut season the show set tongues wagging for showcasing the captivating music genre with skilled dancers who’s electrifying moves synced with the beats created by underground originators and newly famous DJs featured in each episode. For the new season, the production team has collaborated with MTV base and opened up the industry by holding auditions in 2018 for potential dancers from across KwaZulu-Natal communities in hopes to unearth fresh undiscovered dancers.
From these auditions, 78 talented dancers were hand-picked to form 10 different groups namely; ADM, The Champions, Versalites, 031 Movement, Bay Rockers, Team Wassha, All-Stars, D Mob, Ghetto Latinos, and Rebels – who are all featured in the show.
“MTV base is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists and we are all about creating relevant, fun, bold and stimulating youth entertainment formats like Gqom Nation. We are thrilled to have symbolic gqom musician Busiswa as co-host alongside Ntando Duma, along with incredible DJs who wave the gqom flag high globally and dancers whose innovative moves will keep our audiences glued to their screens every Friday night for 11 weeks. The new season is set to thrill and keep our viewers on their feet.” – Monde Twala, Vice President for Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa)
Each week the hosts, Busiswa and Ntando Duma will be joined by some of the entertainment industry’s big named DJs on the decks such as Tira, Vumar, Maphorisa, C’ndo, Dbn Nyts, Distruction Boyz, LeSoul, Cruel Boyz, Happy Gal and Funky Qla. They will merge with one dance crew who will perform their best moves on the dance floor while some of South Africa’s entertainers who are adulated in the gqom culture such as Moonchild Sanelly, Dladla Mshunqisi, Tipcee, Madanon, Goldmax, Rhea Blak, Bhizer, Artchild, Biggie, Paras and Zodwa Wabantu will also make a guest appearance.
“Gqom Nation is one of the first shows that is specifically broadcasting Gqom culture to the audiences since its growth, and this genre is certainly taking over the world. I am ecstatic to be a part of this evolution.” – Busiswa
As in the first installment, the locally created Gqom Nation TV show is directed by Batandwa Alperstein, “Gqom Nation powerfully extends beyond music and dance to celebrate African Excellence. When you see the skill and passion of the dancers and hear the experimental sounds the producers are creating, African pride is evoked. In season one, we presented gqom in its raw and gritty essence. With Season 2, gqom’s world-class genre of creative expression and art permeates every aspect immersing audiences into the unique rhythms, culture, and soul that is born from our inspiring country,” he concludes.
Gqom Nation is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development.
Be sure to watch this captivating music and dance show of Gqom Nation’s second season when it premieres on Friday, 25 January 2019 at 18:00 CAT only on MTV base (DStv channel 322).