Kabza De Small Biography: Age, Education, Girlfriend, Career, Albums, Awards, Controversy, Net Worth

Many know him as the 'King of Amapiano'.

By  | Apr 09, 2020, 12:00 PM  | Kabza De Small  | Top of The

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Of late, the music scene in South Africa has been overtaken by the great Amapiano hits that have people always dancing to them. Be it in the club, at a party or in the comfort of your own home, the Amapiano hits are your plug for any day. 

Kabza De Small is one of the nation's upcoming youth deejays that has been branded the 'Amapiano King'. To date he's birthed many great hits that keep fans on the dance floor till the AMs. 

Kabza De Small is also a songwriter, a DJ and a stage performing artiste. 

Here's a look at how Kabza De Small has become such a fave in South Africa.

Kabza De Small Age

Born, Kabelo Motha, Kabza De Small was born on the 22nd of November in 1992 in Mpumalanga. However, for most of his life he grew up in Pretoria.

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Kabza De Small Education

Not much is known about Kabza's education. Kabza De Small attended his high school in Pretoria where he had spent most of his life growing up. He was an average student because he focused more on his music. So after a while he decided to put more focus on building his talent.

Kabza De Small Girlfriend

When it comes to his love life, Kabza De Small is very private and doesn't let anyone in. Kabza De Small is in a relationship with an unnamed girlfriend, who is also a journalist.

Kabza has birthed many great hits, but it was last year that it was reported he was going to be a father. Although, no one has the lady's name till now, Sunday World reported at the time that the bun in the lady's oven was currently four months and this meant that the baby will be due sometime between March and April of 2020.

When contacted for further comment, Kabza's management didn't quite deny the story. 

Kabza De Small Career

His career officially kicked off in 2009. He didn't have a lot of resources to keep developing his career by then, but Kabza knew what he wanted. He kept on pushing and followed his dream to have his skills in being a DJ polished. When he started his career he was into so many genres that ranged from Afro-fused house to EDMs.

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It was only in 2016, that he released his first album, Avenue Sounds. The album was an instant hit and got the approval of fans. Kabza said he loved and appreciated the support that he got from his fans for his work. This also made his hit 'Uber Everywhere' become one of his greatest songs to be released.

Fast forward to 2018, Kabzza De Small did it yet again by releasing other great tracks. He gained major attention for releasing “Amabele Shaya” and “Umshove” featuring vocals from his Amapiano counterpart Leehleza.

Kabza De Small has also had some collaborations with DJ Maphorisa which birthed the Scorpion Kings. The duo had a tremendous 2019, causing havoc on the streets of Mzansi with their hit songs and killer EPs. It is no secret that the genre Amapiano has been taking over the airwaves and party-goers in Mzansi cannot seem to get enough of them.

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took to Twitter to ask his partner in crime, DJ Maphorisa if they should host a live show in May at the multi-purpose world-class venue, Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria. Sadly, the event has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus and everyone in the country is on lockdown.

Who says, the lockdown has to be boring anyway? Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa want to keep the fans entertained from the comfort of their homes.

According to an article published by Times Lives, Phori had this to say about the PianoHub;

"PianoHub is a movement that has transformed to cater for fans during this time. Our fans will be able to stream it on all digital platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and any available streaming service," commented Phori.

Maphorisa has given fans a taste of what to expect when he shared some visuals of how the set will look like.


- Avenue Sounds (2016)
- Pretty Girls Love Amapiano (2019)
- Amapiano Volume 4 (2019)
- Dreaming EP (2019)
- Scorpion Kings (2019) 
- Piano Hub (2019)
- The Return of Scorpion Kings (2019)

Kabza's talent has seen him perform on stages both locally and internationally. He's also had the opportunity to perform at some of South Africa's prestigious events like the South African Music Awards (SAMA) and has made appearances on TV shows on SABC , Channel O and Mzansi magic.

Kabza De Small Awards

His work has also earned him the recognition that he deserves. The recent DSTV Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards awarded him as the Favourite Rising Star and Favourite DJ.

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Kabza De Small Controversy

Kabza De Small makes a point of giving people good music that allows them to have a good time. However, in 2019, he found himself at odds with the boss of South Africa's leading record label.

Josiah Mphono, who is the boss of Best By Far Entertainment, claimed that Kabza had broken the terms of a contract they signed in 2016 on a number of occasions.

Kabza was accused of betraying Josiah by taking his music to DJ Maphorisa's label without his permission. Kabza had reportedly even teamed up with Maphorisa on an EP and a subsequent national tour for 2 months.

According to a report by Sunday World, Josiah further explained that Kabza had also released two of his biggest songs, Umshove and Shaya Amabele under other labels without considering his contract at Best By Far Entertainment.

In an attempt to try and get a clearer understanding of what was going on, Josiah reached out to DJ Maphorisa, but instead the hitmaker threatened to fight him. 

Kabza De Small Net worth

It seems like the collaborations that he's made with other great artists has really paid off. Mostly he cashes in on cheques from live concerts and the sales of his albums. Late last year, Kabza De Small showed that loyalty amongst 'ride or dies' is the most rewarding thing ever.

He surprised his friend that he started out with in the industry with a brand new car. Loyalty is the number thing we all need with our friends. 

In an Instagram post, the DJ shows off his very enviable garage and he captioned the post 'Clean pipes'. Kabza De Small showed off the cool range of vehicles that he owns and it is pretty clear that our fave Amapiano King needs more than one car.

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Doing what you love plays a significant role in the development of one's career and Kabza De Small is doing exactly that. He is a tru example of how doing what you love can take you far.

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