Straight outta Mzanzi: the classic roots of Darkie Fiction

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Straight outta Mzanzi: the classic roots of Darkie Fiction

Duo’s sound echoes with SA music lovers in its purest form, emanating from kwaito, hip hop and neo-soul

Caira Blignaut


The infectious sound of Darkie Fiction made by Yonela Mnyanda (Yoza) and Kuthulakwe Nkosi Siboto (Katt) resonates with SA music lovers in its purest form, emanating from kwaito, hip hop and neo-soul.
The duo fills a gap that has been missing for years, going back to African roots that sound both traditionally and culturally local. The music is refreshing and harks back to Brenda Fassie, old-school Zola, TKZee and Boom Shaka.
Yoza grew up in East London and Katt in Port Elizabeth. Katt used to sell secondhand customised clothes out of his boot. That’s how the rapper raised money to move to Cape Town and pursue his music career. Yoza is a UCT film production graduate and studied in Cape Town from 2014 to 2016.
The couple own a cat named Shilo who recently gave birth to four kittens. The pair believe in numbers and numerology. Yoza has an 11:11 tattoo on her arm that Katt gave her for her 22nd birthday. “Numbers speak to us, we believe that we find answers in the sequencing in numbers,” says Yoza.
• Darkie Fiction will be performing at Capsule Fest on November 24 at Zone 6 Venue in Diepkloof, Soweto. The fest is a celebration of authentic African street culture incorporating artists, influencers, creatives, sport enthusiasts and brands.

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