ASPIRING Maskandi artist S’fani Mbatha released his single track Ungishiyile recently. Mbatha, who grew up in the Ngcengeni Village, said his love of Maskandi began when he was 10-years-old and a pupil at Themane Primary School. He said he was inspired to make music by the late Maskandi artist Mgqumeni Khumalo, who passed away in 2009.“Khumalo inspired me to forage further and work harder to achieve my goals,” he said. After Khumalo’s death, Mbatha followed in his footsteps. “The late Sbongiseni ‘Mjikijelwa’ Ngubane became my new role model after Khumalo passed away,” he said. “I was privileged to spend time with Mlindeni Mvelase, [a Maskandi artist] who was affectionately known as ‘Seven’ in the music industry. In 2014 he helped me learn the ropes in the music industry, such as the art of playing a guitar. “In 2015 I released my first album, titled Road Accident, featuring Lungelo Mvelase. In 2018 I met Syabonga Mchunu from Amachophanzipho. Thereafter I joined his company and released a few tracks, including Olwethu, Amachophanzipho, Young Dog, and Ingqongqo,” he said.Follow Mbatha on Facebook at I-Prince Yomaskandi Mpungose.