Kabza De Small

Kabza De Small said he used to work for the municipality. Image via Instagram @kabelomotha_

Rags to riches: Kabza De Small on his music journey before fame

‘Played at gigs for free’: Amapiano DJ, Kabza De Small shared an inspirational story of his journey in the music industry.

Kabza De Small

Kabza De Small said he used to work for the municipality. Image via Instagram @kabelomotha_

A video of Kabza De Small – real name Kabelo Petrus Motha and Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe speaking about his come-up story in the music industry was posted on Instagram on Monday, 15 January.


The famous Amapiano disc jockey has come a long way from the old days, playing at gigs for free or for a lousy six-pack of beer. Recently,  Kabza De Small opened up about his rags-to-riches journey in the music industry. “We played at gigs for free. We had no cars to get there. When you eventually get paid, you get R500 or six beers. But we never gave up because we knew what we wanted to accomplish,” he said.

 “I was one of those kids who used to beat the school desks with my hand or a ruler and make drum beats. This music thing has always been within me,” he said.

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“We went to a lot of parties. We would plug in two DVD players and a mixer…I then got the Fruity Loops Software. Some people know how it works but they won’t show you how it works because that would make you a threat to them. I used to just press whatever — I didn’t understand the software or what BPM even is,” he explained.

Kabza De Small is living proof that with great work and sacrifice comes great rewards. In 2022, his booking fee along with the one of DJ Maphorisa was leaked on social media, revealing that the disc jockeys charged between R200 000 to a whopping R300 000 for a single gig.

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Kabza De Small
Kabza De Small. Image via Instagram @kabelomotha_


Unfortunately, the fame and success of it all has seemingly gotten into their heads. The popular Amapiano stars were a topic of discussion among a group of promoters last year, ZiMoja reported. According to the publications, the event promoters claimed that Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa’s hospitality costs more than their booking fees and that being caused by the excessive amount of alcohol they demand. 

“We have the Amapiano artists that hardly pitch for events. They complain about flights, they are unprofessional and demand expensive alcohol that costs more than the booking,” a Botswana promoter, Leko Kenosi was quoted as saying at the South African Creative Conference.

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