K.O (Ntokozo Mdluli) is a South African hip hop artist and rapper who first achieved famed as the member of Teargas, a famed hip hop group which released a critically acclaimed debut album titled K’shubile K’bovu in 2006. K.O has since released his critically acclaimed debut solo album titled Skhanda Republic.

K.O Ntokozo Mdluli
Born     Ntokozo Mdluli
D.O.B Unknown
South Africa
Known As K.O
Occupation Musician, Rapper
Record Producer
Genre Hip Hop
Since 2005 – to date
Label Cashtime Life
Associated Acts AKA, Kid X, L-Tido, Ma-E
Maggs, Nandi Mngoma
Ntukza, Teargas
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

K.O was born Ntokozo Mdluli in the Soweto township of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

He is the son of Thembisile Mdluli and Jabulani Mdluli.

K.O moved to Piet Retief in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa with his family while he was an infant.

He completed his matric and went to Vaal University of Technology where he studied a National Diploma in Public Relations Management.

While at Vaal University of Technology K.O met his would be band mates, brothers; Ezee “Ma-E” Hanabe and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe.

K.O completed his studies and graduated with a Public Relations (PR)Management National Diploma from Vaal University of Technology.

Initially he struggled to find employment, according to a Sowetan article he spent two years unemployed before his mother sent his CV to the South African Police Service but he never followed up.

“I was trying to make demos with funding from my parents and they believed in my dream but I eventually started giving up. My mother sent my CV to the SAPS but I didn’t go for the interview.

“The day of the interview I knew I was struggling but I couldn’t go through with it,” K.O was quoted in the Sowetan.

He went on to work in the field of his studies with a dream of becoming a musician.

In 2005 while employed in the Public Relations, K.O and brothers from Soweto; Ma-E and Ntukza, they decided to form a Hip Hop group called Teargas.

“We realised it would be better to join since we were already good friends who knew each other’s rhyming style”, K.O was quoted by the City Press.

In 2006 Teargas released their debut album, K’shubile K’bovu, the album was a smash hit and a runaway success.

The fifteen (15) track album featured a timeless smash hit titled “chance”.

“Chance”, a Hip Hop song chronicling a life of a township gangster seeking redemption, was reminiscent of the early days of Kwaito.

Teargas-KShubile KBovuIn 2008 Teargas released their second studio album titled “Wafa Wafa”; in the sixteen (16) track album the group worked with Bongo Riot on two songs, “Champions” and “Sunshine”.

In 2009 they released their third studio album titled “Dark or Blue”; in the thirteen (13) track album Teargas collaborated with Tamarsha on the song titled “Life”, with DJ Tira and Liesl Penniken on the song called “Party 101”, with Hip Hop Pantsula and Pro (formerly Pro Kid) on the song “Goodfellaz” and with Danny K on the song “T.L.C. (Tender, Love and Care)”.

In 2012 Teargas released their fourth studio album called “Number Number” (stylized “Num8er Num8er”); in the fifteen (15) track album they worked with 2Face “Turning Tables”, Lilly Million on “Forgive Me”, Toya Delazy on “Paradise” and Ziyon on “Put U On”.



Solo Career, 2013 – to date

K.O Skhanda RepublicIn 2013 K.O joined forces with Teargas band mate, Ma-E, and music and marketing executive Thabiso Khati to form an entertainment company, Cashtime Life, which he (K.O) became it’s first artist.

This was followed by the release of the first official single of K.O’s debut solo album, “Mission Statement”, which became a critical success and enjoyed massive airplay across South Africa.

In 2014 K.O was featured on AKA‘s hit single, “Run Jozi (Godly)”.

In March 2014 he released a second official single of his then upcoming debut album, “Caracara”, and it went on to bigger an even bigger success. The song reached one million views on YouTube and broke the record for most views of a South African hip-hop video.

“Caracara” was nominated for Best Hit Single, Best Collaboration and Best Music Video at the 14th Annual Metro FM Awards.

K.O later released, “Son of a Gun”, a third official single for his the upcoming debut album titled “Skhanda Republic”.

In November 2014 K.O’s debut solo album, Skhanda Republic, was released.

In the 11 track album K.O collaborated with Kid X on “Caracara”, Nandi Mngoma on “Skhanda Love” and Ma-E, Maggz and Masandi on “One Time”.

Skhanda Republic was nominated for Best Hip Hop album and Best Male Album at the 14th Annual Metro FM Awards.



The Fate of Teargas

In an interview with the Sunday World K.O dismissed claims that Teargas has split.

“We have decided to individually try new things just like Mafikizolo did. We are taking a break but it does not mean we are a dead group,” K.O was quoted in that interview.




Year Album Record Label Notes
2006 K’shubile K’bovu Electromode Teargas Debut Studio Album
2008 Wafa Wafa Electromode Teargas Second Studio Album
2009 Dark or Blue Electromode Teargas Second Studio Album
2012 Num8er Num8er Electromode Teargas Second Studio Album
2014 Skhanda Republic Cashtime Life K.O Debut Solo Studio Album




Personal Life

In May 2014 K.O was drawn into a social media frenzy with rumours that he may be HIV positive, this was after he lost a significant amount of wight.

The claims were denied by his manager Thabiso Khati; he stated that K.O had undergone a strict diet plan and was exercising regularly.

K.O later released a statement regarding his health and posted a picture of his blood test results on his Twitter and Instagram account, showing he was HIV negative.