Lvovo says taxi drivers are to thank for gqom's rise in popularity

Lvovo says taxi drivers are to thank for gqom's rise in popularity

Earlier this year, Lvovo decided to show his love and appreciation for taxi drivers by hosting a braai for the local Durban drivers. The musician wanted to thank them for helping to make gqom music the big hit it is today.

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Lvovo is convinced that taxi drivers played a role in making gqom as popular as it is today. He says it's thanks to them the music genre became so loved in Mzansi.

He also feels that they are part of the reason he managed to gain popularity as a musician.

TimesLIVE reported that Lvovo feels taxi drivers don't get enough credit for the good they do every day. They are overshadowed by the negative stereotype around taxi drivers.

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According to Lvovo, nobody thanks taxi drivers for transporting them to and from work for years, and he wanted to give them some form of thanks for that, as well as helping his music reach South Africa's ears.

My music started playing in taxis. Our sound, the Durban sound, it took a while for it to break into the mainstream world. But the taxi drivers took a risk on me and many other Durban artists. The taxi drivers didn’t have to play our music but they did, until people got used to it and loved it.

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Lvovo hosted a braai about 4 months ago, along with other grateful musicians like Distruction Boyz, to show some appreciation, as reported on by

Nobody has ever really thanked these drivers who have transported our parents to work and us in their taxis for years. Instead, we have reduced them all to people who drive badly and are always swearing. So I decided, together with some other people like Distruction Boyz, to just host them and say thank you.

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