Afrotraction is taking SA by storm

By Drum Digital
18 January 2013

His passion for music started at a young age, now Afrotraction is making waves in the entertainment industry with his album Soulfully Yours

AT FIRST cracking harmonies and riffs was only a childhood pastime but it didn’t take long for it to become an obsession.

So when Afrotraction (born Wandile Moya) was offered his first keyboard – by his father – he took to it like a fish to water.

“I was about nine years old,” he recalls. “The keyboard was one of those little five-octave instruments and like most black guys I started with the monotonous 1-4-5 riff. You play that a lot so you won’t forget it and then go on to more intricate stuff.

“At the time, I used to listen to local gospel guys like Derrick Nzimande – he was one of the few artists I was exposed to. But über jazz muso Themba Mkhize is the guy I look up to now. I also like Randall Skippers.”

We meet the young maestro at the World of Yamaha theatre in Sandton, Jozi. Here, surrounded by state-of-the-art grand pianos, Wandile is in his element banging away on the ivories.

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