AN aspiring maskandi artist from Greytown who recently released his first album has urged the youth and his fellow budding artists to aim higher and strive to accomplish their dreams. Mthobisi “Nayiphi” Sokhela (41) was born in Msinga in the Bathenjini Village on the outskirts of Greytown. When he was at primary school, Sokhela participated in school cultural activities and, according to him, this was the beginning of his career. Sokhela released his first album, Wonaka Umakoti, last week. “When I was at school, I used to be part of the indlamu [traditional Zulu dance] drum [group]. Perhaps that was what motivated me to look further and go deeper into maskandi music. In 2001, after completing my studies, I went to Gauteng to look for greener pastures. I worked with Buselaphi Gxowa, Osaziwayo, Amashayina, and [the late] Mgqumeni Khumalo,” Sokhela said. In 2008 he worked for Xolani Music Production. After settling on the group, Sokhela started his 10-member music group this year, naming it Inkos’ Yamajongo. Since the inception of the group, Sokhela has been composing songs. Among the hits on the 13-track album are eBathenjini and Tshatha.“I still believe there is a future in the music industry, but I would like to warn the youth to refrain from mischievous things that will one day ruin their lives. “They should not lose sight of the bigger picture by focusing on the negative things,” Sokhela said.