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Teargas – The New Album


28 April 2008 No Comment

After taking a much needed 8 months' break, TEARGAS returns to the scene with their sophomore album entitled Wafa Wafa (meaning Do or die).The album features artists like Bongo Riot of urban pop group Gang of Instrumentals, up and coming rock band Inersha, Cat'Walk, Veja, 2lip and more.

The first track, "Show Me The Money", is a protest track for the people, an anthemic, vibey track where the group stands beside their public in asking where the money's at? Follow up single, "Get Down", features young rock band, Inersha, as the musicians and collaborative vocalists in a Linkin Park/Jay Z –esque alliance.

This track will certainly cross the boundaries of genre, age and race.In support of the release of Wafa Wafa, the group embarked on a country-wide tour called the Wafa Wafa Tour which kicked off on February 16th in KZN and ends mid April in the Free State. In addition to doing concerts, during the tour TEARGAS does charity work by visiting schools, shelters for the disabled and homeless, meeting fans and they also host in-store promotions in all the areas to strengthen their fan-base.


TEARGAS is made up of three like-minded young men namely; Ntokozo "K.O." Mdluli from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, two brothers Ezee "Ma-E" Hanabe and Bantu "Ntukza" Hanabe from Soweto.They all met at Vaal Tri-angle Technikon in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, where they became best friends due to common musical interests in hip hop.

Although the group officially came into being in 2004, prior to that the guys were mostly making moves in the underground hip hop circuit.Inspired by the country's political past where police used TEARGAS to disperse protesting crowds in South Africa's townships, the threesome opted to call themselves TEARGAS, where they see their music as a tool to disperse socio-economic ills like crime, HIV/Aids, poverty, etc.After working day jobs and doing self-promotion in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni, the Vaal area, Pietermaritzburg, Mpumalanga, and Durban, TEARGAS eventually got signed to Electromode Music in 2005, becoming the label's first hip hop act.

In July 2006, they released the critically-acclaimed debut, K'shubile K'bovu, a 14 track album filled with positive messages of hope and social awareness; party songs, etc. all strung together into one classic offering.With the help of talented producers like Flux, Cat'walk, Nyambz, 635, and TEARGAS themselves, the charismatic group successfully put together an educative, motivational and an overall entertaining album that boasts with hits like TEARGAS Anthem, We Came to Party, the Award-winning "Chance".


The tracks "Chance" and "We Came To Party", received massive radio and television support in 2006 and in the 2007 Media Guide South African Top 100 Playlist week 28, "Chance" was enlisted at number 51 as the most played song in the country. Again, Media Guide South African Top 100 Rams week 28, 2006, "Chance" appeared at number 12 as the most requested song in the country.



Best Album, Best Group, Best Hip Hop, and Best Song for "Chance".


Best Album Award (K'shubile K'bovu), Best Hip-Hop Award, and Best Song of the Year Award (Chance) LIVEThe act have an electric performance and have performed country-wide at gigs including Yfm Edgars Music Series, FASU Games, Kwaito Nation Music Festival, Metro FM awards 2006,South Coast Jazz Festival, and more.

TEARGAS's debut success was something this country has never witnessed before, and we expect the follow-up album, Wafa Wafa to be an even greater success!

For bookings, and more info, please contact

Morgan Kaye morgan@gmanagement.co.za

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