Distruction Boyz

Distruction Boyz is a Gqom music duo from Durban, South Africa which consists of recording artists and record producers Thobani “Que” Mgobhozi and Zipho “Goldmax” Mthembu.[1][2] Their debut album Gqom Is the Future was certified gold by RISA making it the first Gqom album to ever achieve this status.[3][4][5][6][7]

Distruction Boyz
OriginDurban, South Africa
Years active2015 (2015)–present
LabelsDistruction Boyz Records
Associated acts
  • Thobani “Que” Mgobhozi
  • Zipho “Goldmax” Mthembu

Early lifeEdit

Goldmax and Que were born in KwaMashu, the second biggest township in Durban. They established themselves by jamming to their own gqom and house sets at local taverns and shisa nyama’s in and around KwaMashu. Having ran into each other a lot and appreciated each other’s playing styles at these kinds of local gigs, they then decided to merge their skills and form Distruction Boyz.


Distruction Boyz released their breakout single titled "Omunye" which features Benny Maverick now known by the name of Dladla Mshunqisi. The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa.[8] The duo then released their debut studio album titled, Gqom Is The Future on October 20, 2017, which was certified gold by RiSA on December 18, 2017 making it the first Gqom album to achieve this status. [9] At the 2018 Dstv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards the duo was nominated for Favourite Music Artist/Group.[10] On November 1, 2019, they realeasd a single "Nevermind" featuring Zhao.[11]




As lead artistsEdit

List of singles as lead artists, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
South Africa (EMA)
"Ngoma Yam’" (featuring Danger & Efelow) 2016 Non-album singles
"Madness" (featuring Tipcee) 2017
"Shut Up & Groove" (featuring Babes Wodumo & Mampintsha)
"Omunye" (featuring Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi) 1 RiSA: Gold Gqom Is The Future
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Gqom Is The Future
RiSA: Gold
It Was All A Dream

Production discographyEdit

Singles producedEdit

Year Title Artist Album
2016 "Wololo" Babes Wodumo (featuring Mampintsha) Gqom Queen, Vol. 1
2017 "Shut Up & Groove" Distruction Boyz (featuring Babes Wodumo & Mampintsha) Non-album singles
"Midnight Starring" DJ Maphorisa (featuring DJ Tira, Busiswa & Moonchild)
"Omunye" Distruction Boyz (featuring Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi) Gqom Is The Future
2018 "Pakisha" Dladla Mshunqisi (featuring Dj Tira & Distruction Boyz) Non-album single

Awards and nominationsEdit

Distruction Boyz awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

South African Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Distruction Boys - Wololo (Dbanj Remix)
Remix of the Year[12][13][14] Nominated
Distruction Boys - Omunye
Record of the Year[15] Won

Soundcity MVP Awards FestivalEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Best Group/Duo[16][17][18] Won

BET Awards FestivalEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Best International Act[19] Nominated

Dstv Mzansi Viewers Choice AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 "Omunye" Favourite Song Of the Year [20] Nominated


  1. ^ "Meet Distruction Boyz: The savvy young producers taking Gqom to a new audience". BubbleGumClub. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ "DISTRUCTION BOYZ". DJs Production. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Distruction Boyz's album goes gold". Sunday World. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Gqom Is The Future Goes Gold". Fakaza. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Distruction Boyz' Debut Is The First Gqom Album To Go Gold". Okay Africa. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Distruction Boyz Go Gold With 'Gqom Is The Future'". People Magazine. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Distruction Boyz go gold". channel24. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Distruction Boyz's 'Omunye' goes gold". Independent Online. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Distruction Boyz celebrates 1st gqom album to go gold". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  10. ^ "DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards Nominees announced". DStv. 14 August 2018.
  11. ^ ""Distruction Boyz release their latest single, Nevermind, featuring Zhao | JustNje". JustNje. November 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "New artists dominate Samas 2017 noms". channel24. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  13. ^ "2017 SAMAs: all the nominees". TVSA. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  14. ^ "#SAMA23: Full list of nominees". EastCoastRadio. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  15. ^ "All The Sama 2018 Winners". huffingtonpost. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Distruction Boyz win their first award". channel24. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Distruction Boyz bag first award". The Chronicle. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Distruction Boyz win first Nigerian award". BET Africa. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  19. ^ "NOMINEES BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT". BET. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  20. ^ "Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards - the full list of nominees". Sowetan LIVE. 14 August 2018.

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