Professor

Professor (born Mkhonzeni Langa) is a South African Kwaito musician. He first rose to prominence as part of the Durban based Kwaito duo Tzozo and Professor before branching out on his own making a huge mark on the South African music industry with hit songs such as Jezebel, Imoto and Lento.

Professor Langa
Born Mkhonzeni Langa
1978
Port Shepstone
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Known As Professor
Occupation Musician
Genre Kwaito
Record Label Kalawa Jazmee
Associated Acts Oskido, Character
Mahoota, Big NUZ
DJ Tira, Speedy
Tzozo, L’vovo, Spikiri
DJ Naves, Sphectacula
Since  1996 – to date
Agent Unkown
Website Unkown

Professor was born Mkhonzeni Langa in Port Shepstone in the South Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. However according to a November 01, 2010 Daily Sun article. he was born in Umlazi in the south of the City of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

He has a brother who is also a musician, famously known as Character (real name Senzo Langa). His other known brothers are Bheki Langa who reportedly works behind the scenes in music industry and Mngani Langa.

Professor lost his mother, Ntombazana Beauty Langa, in mid February 2015. His mother died Murchison Provincial Hospital in Port Shepstone on Monday of February 16, 2015, according to reports.

His brother, Bheki Langa, speaking to the media following their mother death was quoted saying, “My mother was not seriously ill, last week Monday, she had gone to the hospital to collect monthly medication for BP and diabetes but doctors decided to admit her due to high levels of BP. We kept on checking her in hospital and hoping she would recover, unfortunately God had other plans for her.”

In 1995 Professor was discovered by South African music producers – Lindelani Mkhize, of Joyous Celebration fame and Spikiri (Mandla Mofokeng) of Trompies fame – while he was performing.

In 1996 Professor moved to the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province to pursue a music career. During this time the Kwaito genre was fast approaching its peak with musicians such as Arthur Mafokate and Mdu Masilela at the very prime of their careers.

There, in Johannesburg, Professor reportedly met legendary South African musician and record producer, Joe Nina, who is best known for his smash hits such as  “Ntombizodwa Nguwe” among others. According to a November 01, 2010 Daily Sun report; Professor worked with Joe Nina and Spikiri during that period, however, there is no publicly known of his with these artist from that time. In fact in the years that followed Professor languished in obscurity and despite being discovered by one the founders and kingpin of Kalawa Jazmee Records, Spikiri.

Kalawa Jazmee Records and Tzozo & Professor; 2003 – 2009

In 2003, after hanging around in the corridors of fame of seven years, Professor was signed to Kalawa Jazmee Records by Oskido and Spikiri. At Kalawa Jazmee Records Professor was pair up with an already established Kwaito singer and fellow Durbanite, Tzozo, and together they formed a due which was known as Tzozo & Professor.

The emergence of Tzozo & Professor also marked the emergence of the sub-genre, Durban Kwaito Music, spanning from the original genre pioneered by the very label that signed them, Kalawa Jazmee Records. While together the pair reportedly released three albums; Woze Durban, Amantombazane and Magazine.

Solo Career; 2010 – to date

In 2010 Professor released his debut album as a solo artist under Kalawa Jazmee Records. The album was titled University of Kalawa Jazmee (also known as University of Kalawa Jazmee  Since 1994) and its lead single titled “Jezebel”; it was a runaway success and catapulted to even higher levels of success as an artist and launched as an individual rather than part of the duo.

University of Kalawajazmee Since 1994The songs contained in the album were so strong that every single that came out of it was critically praised; this includes, “Jimaphi le Weight”, “Imoto” and “Lento”. Furthermore, at the year 2010 edition of the Metro FM Music Awards the album was nominated in three categories; Best Kwaito Album, Song of the Year (Jezebel) and Best Collaboration. He went on to win Best Kwaito Album and the coveted Song of the Years Award. At the 21st Annual South African Music Awards held on April 19, 2015 at Sun City in the North West the album, University of Kalawa Jazmee, won Best Kwaito Album.

In 2012 Professor returned with his second solo offering titled Orientation. The album was preceded by singles “Baphi” and “One Night Stand”. In that album Professor worked a numerous established musicians including Magesh, Speedy, AKA, Zakwe, Ishmael, Stoan, Stax and Zola among other. One of the popular songs on the album was “Fingerprints” which he did with his brother, Character and legendary South African record producer Oskido. Orientation won Best Kwaito Album and secured Professor the Best Male Artist Award at the 12th Annual Metro FM Music Awards .

In 2015 Professor released a single titled “Nguye Lona” in which he featured Sdudla no Mathousand. The single was mostly welcomed by music lovers as well as the music community. Also, at the time of the release there was no known album to which the single was attached. Also in 2015 Professor was feature on the smash hit, “KOTW anthem”, by Sphectacula and DJ Naves from their debut studio, Kings of the Weekend. In”KOTW anthem” Professor’s deep husky voice features prominently.

Discography

Year Title Record Label Notes
2005 Woze Durban Kalawa Jazmee Records Debut Studio Album, Tzozo & Professor
2006 Amantombazane Kalawa Jazmee Records Second Studio Album, Tzozo & Professor
2008 Magazine Kalawa Jazmee Records Third Studio Album, Tzozo & Professor
2010 University of Kalawa Jazmee  Since 1994 Kalawa Jazmee Records Debut Studio Album, Professor
2012 Orientation Kalawa Jazmee Records Second Studio Album,Professor

Durban Metro Police Uniform Incident

In February 2013 Professor attended the 12th Annual Metro FM Music Awards held Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Center (Durban ICC) wearing the Durban Metro Police Uniform. In the days that followed Durban Metro Police spokesman Eugene Msomi was quoted saying, “Metro police are established in terms of the SAPS Act. If it is true that Professor was wearing the uniform, it is a criminal offence. Even if he was granted permission to do so, it comes with certain conditions.”

It emerged that the uniform was in fact that of the Durban Metro Police and it belonged to his cousin who was with the force. Professor contacted Durban Metro Police and made a statement that he had taken his cousin’s uniform, without his knowledge. He was later charged with impersonating a police officer, possession of a police uniform and wearing a police uniform.

Professor appeared at the Durban Magistrate’s Court to face the charges and for violating SAPS Act of 1995 which states that it is an offence for anyone not a police officer to wear a police uniform without permission. He was fined R3000, or one month in prison with the Durban Magistrate’s Court ordering that half of the penalty would be conditionally suspended for three years.

Personal Life

Professor has three known brother; popular musician Character (Senzo Langa) while others are Mngani and Bheki Langa. He lost his mother, Ntombazana Beauty Langa (aged 76 years old), on February 16, 2015 at Murchison Provincial Hospital in Port Shepstone in the South Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Professor performed his hit song, “Lento”, at his mother’s funeral alongside his three brothers and was quoted saying,  “This was my mother’s favourite song. She loved it dearly and would be ululating to it if she was still alive.” His mother’s funeral was attended by Phuzekhemisi, Heavy K, Bruce Sebitlo, DJ Kotini, Sjerero, Sfiso Ncwane, Mantolwane, Dudu Khoza, Happy Gal, Thokozani Langa, Dlungelwa, Tsegelege and DJ 101 among others.

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