Singer Akana ngoma now with loads more

2017-05-11 06:02
Mfuleni crooner Akana Songs hoping to grow his audience.

Mfuleni crooner Akana Songs hoping to grow his audience.

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A local singer from Mfuleni is on the mission to build his following in the Mother City and if his performance at the recent Taste The Culture event at Rands is anything to go by, this won’t be a hard task.

Anga Nomyayi aka Akana Song, is a soulful crooner who, despite years of musical performance, has recently embarked on a solo career.

The 27-year-old has just released a single title Vuma, which is an infusion of Afro Pop and Mbaqanga.

At Rands, Nomyayi and his band wowed the crowd with his rendition of Busi Mhlongo’s Yaphel’ Imali Yam, which is no easy feat for any singer.

When City Vision finally caught with him, said that he did not want to be boxed in and that he wants to make world music.

“When I perform I like to leave a mark and I love doing the unexpected with my performances. I can do a Hip Hop song and I will give you the best show,” said the confident singer.

Nomyayi began his foray into the music business when he enrolled at the South West Gauteng College to Study Jazz music.

“After finishing school I travelled around performing with bands as a backup artists, especially in Jo’burg and in the Eastern Cape.

This is why I decided to come here in the Western Cape to launch my solo career to build an audience because in Jo'burg and other areas I have pockets of followers that know about me and my music abilities,” he said.

Oddly enough, the singer’s six long years as a backup singer was the inspiration to his stage name.

“So my friend knew that I was a singer for a long time but I never had my own songs so they would say things like: ‘Hayisuka lo akana ngoma’...I decided to make that my stage name,” he explained.

He does, however, hope that his debut single will have a big impact in the music industry.

The singer said that he was working hard towards producing his debut album which he is hoping to release before the end of the year.

“I just want to make music that will be loved by not only just the country but the world well.

My influences are mbaqanga and traditional music,” he added.

He said he will continue performing around the city sharing his music with the audiences.

You can follow Akana Songs on Facebook and Twitter.

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