At home with Speedy

By Drum Digital
05 May 2011

AS THE saying goes, you can't keep a good man down – just ask singer Harold Matlhaku. It was just a few years ago that Speedy, as Harold is best known, was written off as a has-been after a lacklustre solo career since leaving the hugely successful group Bongo Maffin in 2000.

But last year the 30-year-old proved his critics wrong when he was nominated for two Metro FM awards, for Best Collaboration of the Year and Best Music Video, as well as a South African Music Award (Sama) for his album Second Sunrise, a collaboration with former bandmate Stoan Seate.Although songs such as Lovely Day and Never Burn Out have received considerable airplay, the pair failed to bag any of the Metros they were nominated for at last year's ceremony in Nelspruit, but the everoptimistic Speedy is still smiling.

"I'm just happy the album was nominated in the first place," he says, grinning broadly. "I'm thankful the public love my music and that my work is acknowledged; it means a lot to me. It would have been great if we'd won a Sama. I won one in 1999 with Bongo Maffin for Best Pop Album, so to win in the same category again would be fantastic!"

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