PMB kwaito artist has big dreams

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO:supplied Kwaito artist Nduduzo ‘Sayie’ Zulu (22) wants to revive kwaito music in Pietermaritzburg.

PHOTO:supplied Kwaito artist Nduduzo ‘Sayie’ Zulu (22) wants to revive kwaito music in Pietermaritzburg.

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A SMALL town boy with a big dream of making it in the much popular and competitive South African music industry, Nduduzo ‘Sayie’ Zulu (22) has shared the stage with well-known names in the South African music industry.

These names include Emtee, Nasty C, Kelly Khumalo, Arthur, WTF, Chomee, Cici, DJ Arch Junior, Teekay, Sindiswa Msomi, Bricks, Mshoza, Mzambiya, Tina, Alaska, Tsekeleke and many more.

This kwaito artist has also been a guest on various radio stations including uMgungundlovu FM, Vibe FM, Capital FM and Zululand FM. He started music at the age of 16.

Zulu believes that kwaito music has a space in the hip hop and house music dominated music scene. “The reason why I chose kwaito was because it is the type of music I grew up listening to and it’s also partly because I loved dancing and kwaito gave me a beat to dance to,” said Zulu.

Zulu was born at Masomonco Reserve in Mandeni and currently resides in Pietermaritzburg, Westgate.

“My first single Sqedathando featured a member of the winning team from Clash of The Choirs 2014 competition, Zinhle Malandela. Last year my single track, Guqaphansi ngamadolo, won Best Lyrist and Song of the Year awards at the Mandeni Music Awards. The song featured a well known producer Dollar Ezintanjeni who was responsible for many hit singles including Sengihambile by DJ Bongs, Naima Kay’s Okabanikelo and many more,” explained Zulu.

Zulu said that in his music journey he met producer Eugene ‘DJ Euggy’ Cele who gave him the opportunity to share the stage with well known musicians.

Zulu was initially introduced to the music industry through Mzwandile Zakwe who is the art manager and brother of the well know rapper Ntokozo Zakwe whom he met in Richfield College while he was doing his diploma in business administration.

In the year 2015 Zulu auditioned in the South African Art and Development Association owned by the legendary Arthur Mafokate.

Zulu said the most challenging aspect of being in the South African music industry is the lack of opportunities and platforms for upcoming artists to market their music and share their talent with the rest of the world.

Zulu will be releasing his new single this June called Sgqoko Sami Esasala Emcimbini and it features Emza. “I have a lot of faith in this song, I believe it is the song that will put my name on the map and make all my dreams come true,” said Zulu in a very enthusiastic tone. In future he said he plans to work with Kalawa Jazmee artist Professor.

Zulu encouraged the youth to strive for their dreams and to think outside the box to explore their abilities. “I love music but I believe school is important too,” he said.

“The reason why I chose kwaito was because it is the type of music I grew up listening to and it’s also partly because I loved dancing and kwaito gave me a beat to dance to,”

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