Rapper Anatii opens up about answering his ancestral calling, the inspiration behind his new music

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The rapper has returned from his break from making music with his new single, Amadlozi, and cannot wait for fans to experience a different version of the Anatii they have come to love over the years.
The rapper has returned from his break from making music with his new single, Amadlozi, and cannot wait for fans to experience a different version of the Anatii they have come to love over the years.

When words fail, music speaks.

This is what drove him to write his new single, dedicating it to his spiritual calling and how his ancestors have enlightened him.

Rapper Anathi Bhongo Mnyango, known professionally as Anatii, cannot hide his joy as he sits down with Drum to chat about his return to music after four years.

His new song, Amadlozi, features rising star, Lookatups.

This is not just any other song for him, Anatii says, but a continuation of the spiritual awakening that he revealed on his hit-single Thixo Onofefe.

He tells us that he took time to give people an inside peak into his spiritual journey through music. He is using a different sound now to also reflect.

“It really opens up the gateway for people to explore spirituality. Whether it is through music or art, that is where the inspiration comes from.”

Anatii says he has been on the spiritual journey for a while now. “But I have been giving hints to people about it but without revealing too much.

“I did not really share details of my gift but I do have a spiritual calling,” he adds.

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Asked if he is currently going through the initiation process, he says, "No, not at the moment.”

He tells us that he is working on a new album which he intends to collaborate on with other artists.

"It is going to be very exciting for people to hear all these different genres, from amapiano to R&B and Afro pop. I think it is an exciting time for African music to hit the global scene.”

He's got big plans for the new year ahead.

“I am working on an album, and we are also working on a clothing line called Don’t Forget To Pray, we will be releasing our first collection.

"And the album is not what anyone expects, and I feel like every body of work that I do is different that way because it's never the same as the other.”

“So with this next body of work we delve deeper into the journey that we have been on and more than anything else, just show people what I have been going through the past few years.

"My journey with sounds and how I have been exploring out and experimenting, you know, just pushing the sound of it and breaking boundaries to take creativity to the next level are definitely features on this album."

The rapper is known to take a break from the limelight when he needs to, and he says in that period he focuses on his personal endeavours.

“I do it to build myself in order to be a better human being. You know, working on my visual art, adventures, businesses, etc. Just to keep evolving in many different ways so every time I step away I am just bettering myself.”

He says he doesn’t worry about having to reintroduce himself to his fans and followers as he takes it as learning curve.

“It's all about evolution for me, so every time I kind of disappear.

"When I come back, people are feeling a different side of me. We all choose what part of ourselves that we get to show to the public, and I think over time, as we evolve, we then decide to reveal a little bit more and that’s how I feel.

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“A lot of people may know me but they don’t even know me,” he jokes.

During his breaks, he still touches base with his industry colleagues, Anatii adds.

“when I was gone for a while, Ricky Rick would reach out to me and check on me, quite a few people do connect with me about my break and how I am doing.

“And I love cycling, hiking and working out and I tend to meet a lot of different people along the journey.”

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