Strand has its own Usher in the making, in the form of Bathandwa Malgas (25) from Asanda Village.The 25-year-old R&B singer, known by his stage name BMQ, is also a songwriter who grew up listening to American singer Usher Raymond. “I used to sing all his songs, and then I met a producer who asked why I was not singing my own songs because I was talented,” he recalls. Malgas then started writing songs and singing for relatives to make money. The artist has one official song to his name, and is currently working on his second song to be released later this year. He has a strong voice, which leaves many people impressed.“People say I am a great singer, and that I could revive a genre that has died – especially in the townships,” he says. Ayakha Landingwe (26) says Malgas is a good artist.“He is a mixture of Maxwell and Usher,” says Landingwe. “I hope doors do open for him and the whole of South Africa sees him.” The artist says he was once robbed of his music.“I recorded a song with a group of guys,’ he says, “but they later removed my chorus, and I could not fight it because I was not registered as an artist at the time.” Malgas encourages upcoming artists to register with the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) so they can protect their music from industry vultures. His fans can expect his first album next year, he promises. “I want to push as many singles as I can this year and see the reaction from people, before deciding to release an album,” Malgas says. He dreams of working with Nigerian artist Ice Prince.Malgas’ single, entitled “Wipe Your Eyes”, is available from all digital stores.