New Kwaito single will ‘blow people away’

2011-09-23 00:00

DURBAN kwaito outfit, Benzy no Mzeyks, believes their new single, Ak’sheshwe, from their forthcoming album, The Graduation, will “blow people away”.

Fresh from a gig in Newcastle, the two singers, Nkululeko Mpanza and Londa Nkosi, popped into The Witness offices in Willowton to chat about the single and their new ­album, which will be available from the end of September, courtesy of Touch Africa Records.

“We were in Maputaland last week, and people liked it a lot,” Mpanza said, adding that fans should also look out for their gospel track, Ingoma Emnandi.

Nkosi said The Graduation clearly showed how much he and Mpanza had grown as musicians since they released their self-titled debut ­album in 2008, and the follow-up Second Semester in 2009.

“I think fans will be able to really differentiate between our sound and that of similar bands … we’ve grown a lot,” he said, adding that he and Mpanza really appreciated the support they got from their fans.

The Graduation features a host of hot collaborations with the likes of Gudman, Alcupoem, Zakes Bantwini, Zuluboy, and many more. “I think it’s going to surprise our fans,” Nkosi said. Mpanza nods, saying: “Definitely … it’s something on the next level.”

Last year the pair, who have their own business, Benzy no Mzeyks Entertainment, enjoyed great success with the song, Sizobadida 2010, which was embraced by soccer fans during the World Cup.

They have also worked with the likes of DJ Gukwa, Mondli Ngcobo and Character; have shared stages with the likes of Big Nuz, Ntando and L’vovo; and have performed at the Ugu Jazz Festival in Port Shepstone, and this year’s Vodacom uMgungundlovu Easter Jazz Festival in ­Pietermaritzburg. With the release of The Graduation, expect that profile to get even bigger.


• To find out where you can catch Benzy no Mzeyks live, log on to Facebook and search for Benzy Nkule Mpanza or Benzy no Mzeyks. Their Twitter account is @Benzynkule

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