When people from the music industry hear the name Kevin Thabang Ntaopane also known as Kevin Riss, they smile as they know him as humble musician, manager and a community builder. Ntaopane started his music career in 1994 when he was still in school, in a small township called Vrededort in Mokwallo, Free State.
Ntaopane says after he matriculated in 1996, he relocated to Johannesburg in Eldorado Park and later moved to Freedom Park where he shifted his focus on community building projects.
“In 1998 I facilitated my first computer skills and business administration initiative at E.W Hobbs Tswelopele Learning Centre in Freedom Park. The Centre empowers the youth in the area and assists them to enhance their computer skills”.
Ntaopane says giving back to the community makes him happy as he can make a difference in the community.
At the height of his music career in 1997, Ntaopane joined a group called 2KVT, which birthed Kevin and Kingdom.
“During this period we performed and entered different competitions and in 1999 we entered a television competition which was called Gumba Fire”.
Ntaopane and his crew managed to qualify as runner ups at the competition, where they attracted a lot of promoters and record companies. However, things changed in 2009 and the name of the group was also changed to K Dynasty.
“During that time we started an initiative called Kwaito Legendary on the Move and managed to work with Kwaito Legends on our very first album, however the album was not released” says Ntaopane.
In 2015 he initiated a reading programme called Rubberband Book Worm for early childhood development. The programme included dyslexic programme for primary and secondary pupils and it improved a lot of children’s lives,” said Ntaopane.
Ntaopane was coached by big names in the entertainment industry such as Mzwakhe Mbuli, Blondie Makhene, Mduduzi Tshabalala also known as Mandoza, Mshoza, Jakarumba, Simphiwe Bravisios ,Royalty Blue Blood Vicky Vilakazi, Herve Charmpagne and upcoming Dj Sanza also known as Beat Oven.
Ntaopane currently released a song called Mongwaneng where he featured Bravo and Big Robza the track has since been a club banger.