Chatting to former Munster musician

2016-08-04 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Mnqophiso Madikizela at one of his performances on ‘Expresso’.

PHOTO: supplied Mnqophiso Madikizela at one of his performances on ‘Expresso’.

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BORN in Bizana, musician Mnqophiso Madikizela (23), is making waves online.

Madikizela was born in rural Mbhongweni and moved to Munster when he was young to live with his grandmother and matriculated from Port Shepstone High School in 2010.

Madikizela is now promoting his music online, internationally and said his focus is on his latest single Let It Be Easy and another untitled song, which he will be releasing soon.

Madikizela said his track is getting a lot of
social media attention in Dubai.

His love for music started when he was very young because his mother was a singer.

“I can’t say I really started music because my Mom was a singer so I was familiar with a musical environment.”

He wrote his first song, with the help of friends, at the age of 11.

“My friends and I wrote a song in primary school and I remember singing it in front of the school in assembly.”

Madikizela likes urban music.

“I create the sounds I like to hear on radio, TV, iTunes and Tidal and SoundCloud. I ultimately create a personal interpretation of the sounds I love to hear,” he said.

Madikizela released an album in 2013 titled Childish Behaviour, but you won’t find it in any shops.

“My album was an experimental hip-hop, rap project I did to get an idea of what it takes to create an album.”

“I am currently building up a catalogue for my next album, which will be out coming soon.”

He said his target market is the youth.

“I create my music for the youth aged 18 to 24, who listen to urban music.

“I find my music appeals to this group the most, and these give me the most joy,” he said.

Madikizela’s inspiration is his faith and he believes in God and by his faith, he can focus and keep moving.

“A lot of the artists who do big things inspire me, but more so, my focus is on my spirituality, specifically Christianity and that keeps me going.”

One of his long-term goals it to win a Grammy.

Madikizela’s music is available through online­ retail stores, Tidal and Amazon Music and Spotify.

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