Rising Star Nex Vocals on his debut album - ‘This is my time!’

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Nex Vocals says his EP Amapiano Vocal Coach is just a taste of what he has to offer.
Nex Vocals says his EP Amapiano Vocal Coach is just a taste of what he has to offer.
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He recently released his debut EP Amapiano Vocal Coach and his single Shay’ingoma featuring new female DJ Lisa is already winning him a lot of new fans.

Producer, singer, and songwriter Xaba Nqobani (25), affectionately known as Nex Vocals, believes he's super talented and is not ashamed to say it out loud.

Mina ngiyayishaya ingoma (I make great music) and I know it,” he tells Drum.

“I called my album Amapiano Vocal Coach because I could teach people a thing or two about music,” he laughs.

“I have been humble for too long and now I realise it’s important I own my talent and take ownership of my talented.”

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Nex Vocals started singing when he was a toddler at the church.

“My mom was a leader in the church choir. She sings and my sister also sings. Music runs in my blood,” he says. 

“It’s my calling, my gift and I have tried to escape it, but in everything I do I always go back to my gift.”

He listened to Maskandi, Kwaito, and R&B as a youngster.

A few years ago, his career was seemed to be going slow and he was not reaching stardom.

“It’s only now that I realised, I wasn’t ready. My time hadn’t yet come,” he says.

“I met people who promised me the world, they exploited me, I lost money and in some cases, I was not paid for my contribution. But it was all a lesson to help groom me and I am grateful for all the lessons. But now this is my time,” he says.

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In his EP, he partnered with companies including Afrika Hotlines and Electromode Ingrooves which has DJ Maphorisa's label, New Money Gang with Scorpion Kings, Mas Musiq, Tyler ICU, Daliwonga and Piano Hub with Kabza Da Small. Nex Vocals features Cruz Afrika, Neasy Beats, DJ Fingz, and Kay-E.

“I wanted to introduce myself with only a few songs, so people can get a proper taste of my vocal capabilities,” he says.

A few weeks ago he trended on social media for the song Shay’ingoma.

“I am so grateful that I don’t need to pull stunts and gimmicks for people to recognise me. They see and hear the pure talent for what it is and that is what will give me longevity,” he adds.

In his next project, he might introduce different genres to show people how versatile he is.

“I refuse to be boxed. I can sing any genre, Gospel, House, and anything. As long as I still have my voice, I will move mountains,” he says.

In the future, Nex Vocals would like to work with international stars Chris Brown and Cardi B.

“I’m aiming higher than just being a local artist. My standard is already international,” he says.

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