Mbulali Lyrix speak against xenophobia

2015-04-30 06:00
Anele “Lyrix” Gwente is a Khayelitsha musician who is standing up against Xenophobia. 

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Anele “Lyrix” Gwente is a Khayelitsha musician who is standing up against Xenophobia. PHOTO: lindeka qampi

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A young Khayelitsha musician has raised his voice against xenophobia with a powerful song borne out of shock.

Anele “Lyrix” Gwente, a 22-year-old vocalist and rapper, released the free for download song last week after seeing brutal images of the attacks that began in KZN and spread to Gauteng.

“I was truly disturbed by seeing images of people being killed for no other reason other than being born in a different country. I just didn’t make any sense to me as to how violent it turned out,” he told City Vision.

Lyrix as he better known in the local music scene decided that he should pen down his emotions.

“When you kill a man, do you not care that he has a wife and children to take care of? Does it not bother you that the man did nothing to harm you? I had so many emotions and the only way I could vent out was to get in the studio and just sing,” He explained.

The song is titled Mbulali and he produced by long time producer Andile Sangoni known, aka Aija.

“I wish that every South African gets the chance to listen to this song. We all need to know that visitors are there to be protected by us.

I hope that through this song I can make a difference no matter how small it may be,” he said.

Lyrix broke into the local music scene in 2008 and has slowly made a name for himself as a poetic rapper and soulful vocalist.

He released his first full mixtape titled Thuba lam in 2013 which landed him the best spaza performance at the Hip-hop Kasi Lam awards in the same year.

Lyrix mostly performs hip hop music with conscious, thought-provoking lyrics that appeal to emotions, but his versatility helps him adapt to any given genre.

“People respond positively to my music and that motivates me,” he said.

His lyrics are not his only strength. The vocals he delivers have also won him the hearts of many Capetonians and his ability to juggle between isiXhosa and English has also attracted to him fans from different races and ages.

He said that he wants to continue use his music to fight against violence and other social ills.

Lyrix is also working on a new mixtape titled Isibane later in the year to be followed by a tour to Johannesburg.

The link to Mbulali is available through his social network profiles Facebook Fan Page is Lyrix and Twitter account is @GoLyrix

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