Kwaito star launches solo career

2017-03-01 06:00


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PIETERMARITZBURG kwaito artist Madida, born Sibusiso Khanyile, has finally found his place in the spotlight. For a while he was in the shadow as a member of various local groups, but believes his solo album will set him apart in the industry.

The musician from Dambuza has been working in the music industry since 2006 and says his passion for making music was ignited while at school and with his friends he formed a group called Dibhiza Boys.

“We started recording music with friends and that is when I decided to take up rapping as a career. I was inspired by Big Nuz and chose Kwaito as a genre to focus on.

“Although my family wanted me pursue higher education studies I knew music was my calling.”

A couple of years later he joined Amaqola under Amigos Music Production, but later left to form a duo with Empangeni- born Madizah and they released a single, Impilo yaseb’suku.

“My decision to go solo was because I wanted to show my growth as an artist having been in the industry for all these years. It was also to prove that I can do this on my own. In a group people have different passions and goals and they always clash.”

While the interest in Kwaito has decreased and the pull of artists in other genres widens Madida has refuted naysayers, who believe that Kwaito is dead.

Madida’s new single Cross nite will officially be released on Friday on iTunes.

“The song was recorded under my recording label Masactic Top Star and produced by Quelonke from KwaPata.

“The song has a distinct sound and I believe it will be well received.”

After launching his solo career­ Madida got lucky and will be collaborating with a Durban fashion designer, Mpendulo.

“I was lucky that Durban- based designer Mpendulo from Duvera Clothing approached me and suggested that he sponsor me with his garments to wear when I perform.

“Hopefully this will be an ongoing partnership.”

Madida said in future he would like to see his music being distributed internationally.

“I want my music to be played internationally and I also want to travel far and wide promoting my music.”

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