Teargas is made up of three like-minded muso's: Ntokozo “K.O.” Mdluli from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga; and two brothers Ezee “Ma-E” Hanabe and Bantu “Ntukza” Hanabe from Soweto.
Although the group officially came into being in 2004, prior to that the guys mostly made 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, to reflect that they see their music as a tool to disperse socio-economic ills like crime, HIV/Aids and poverty.
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 as well as party songs.
After taking a break, the trio returned to the scene with their sophomore album entitled Wafa Wafa.