City kwaito star back with new sound

2016-11-02 06:03
PHOTO: supplied Beezory.

PHOTO: supplied Beezory.

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PIETERMARITZBURG-BORN kwaito star Bheki “Beezory” Khumalo (35), says contrary to popular belief his music career is far from over.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Echo, Beezory, who is trying to pick
up the pieces of his former glory since he last released an album nearly five years ago, said he is
making a comeback with a more distinct signature sound from
Pietermaritzburg.

Known for his 2007 hit single Ngiyabuthanda ubumnandi that he says put him on the map musically, his new album is to hit the shelves in the first quarter of 2017.

Beezory, who is promoting his second single, Nkulunkulu wami, from the new album, believes it’s his time to rise again.

“The production of the album was done by my company Beezy-Bee Productions and 80% of the album was produced in Pietermaritzburg. I also roped in well-known Durban artists including Zola,
Character, my former mentor Zakes Bantwini and DJ Bongz.”

Asked why he left his former record label Mayonie Productions, he said it was all a journey to his growth in the industry.

“I was not going to stay at Mayonie forever. Initially when Zakes formed that record label in 2006, it was only to open doors for us within the industry as KZN artists.

“Mayonie was the foundation for us to start and then move on to become independent, there is no bad blood between me and Zakes, we still work well together.”

He said his latest collaboration with producers Sakhile Manqele and Sphamandla Buthelezi is set to deliver an album that stands out.

“The focus on this album was working with local guys, because I believe our city has very talented people with a great sound.

“This is also my way of giving back for the support I have received over the years.

“It has always been my goal to hand-pick individuals to help musically within my community that is why on the album I featured many local artists.”

Beezory said taking a break from the industry has helped him learn more about music holistically.

“I had to find myself and learn how to do things on my own, without being spoon-fed. I wanted to know the ins and outs of the industry and not just focus on making music.

“For my fourth album, I needed to get new producers and a new sound to make sure my company was well equipped for the production process.”

He urged fans to get the album once it is released.

“The single is now available for download and it’s also getting airplay by most radio stations. People must also get the album, it’s a new sound and they will love it.

“I still need more support from Pietermaritzburg, from government institutions and event promoters.
“I am one of the few artists who has ploughed back in the community once they have made it,” he said.

Beezory said is currently doing promos for the album and will be shooting a music video for his new single soon.

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