Isibaya star Nkanyiso Mzimela tells us about his debut EP: 'Expect the unexpected'

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  • Isibaya star Nkanyiso Mzimela tells about his debut EP Before Winter.
  • He may be known as an actor, but Nkanyiso says music has always been his first love.
  • With the stage name "Night$", he makes music inspired by the likes of Travis Scott and Lauryn Hill.
  • Nkanyiso also tells us about the song he wrote for news anchor Chante Jantjies.

He may be known for his role as Isibaya's Melusi, but Nkanyiso Mzimela says music was always his first love. 

"Music has been my passion ever since I was little, from Grade 5 I've had a push from within and I was drawn towards it," the star, who's about to drop his debut EP, tells us.

"Acting just worked out before the music, but music was always the first love."

Nkanyiso, who goes by the stage name "Night$", says the EP's title, Before Winter, was inspired by his name. "My legal name is Nkanyiso which means the 'bringer of light', meaning my purpose is to shine my light during dark times."

As for the name "Night$", he believes it's a "good representation" of his birth name as well, "because it's all those nights that are dark and I get to be the star and shine my light."

"So right now, with this EP, this is me before I shine my brightest," he adds.

With musical influences like Travis Scott, John Legend and Lauryn Hill, Nkanyiso says fans should "expect the unexpected" from this project.

The first single from the EP is a track titled In My Dreams, which is all about news anchor Chante Jantjies.

On what inspired him to write the song, Nkanyiso says: "I write according to my feelings all the time, this track was no different. It's titled 'In My Dreams', and in my dreams, we were a real couple with real couple problems." 

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