Getting to know Amapiano sensation, Young Stunna

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Amapiano sensation, Young Stunna, tells us about his new album.
Amapiano sensation, Young Stunna, tells us about his new album.
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Following the success of his hit single, Adiwele, Young Stunna, whose real name is Sandile Msimango, recently dropped his debut album titled Notumato, which means new beginnings in isiXhosa.

Notumato is a feeling that came to me about the whole album. It symbolises new beginnings. I feel like this album is my firstborn and I need to take care of her because she’s going to work for me and take me places,” he tells TRUELOVE.

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“It is also an ode to my parents and ancestors; I thought I should choose a Xhosa name to honour my mother’s Xhosa roots because she’s the most important person in my life. Notumato means ‘beautiful at birth’ and that’s exactly what my album is,” he continues.

Within its first week of release, Notumato – which features the finest Amapiano talent such as Kabza de Small, Big Zulu and Daliwonga – became the Number 1 album across all genres in South Africa and charted highly in multiple African markets like Ghana and Nigeria.

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This is something the 21-year-old considers as a blessing.

“It’s a big blessing to me and it feels like a dream. I can’t believe everything that’s happening in my life right now and how I get to learn new things and meet so many great people everyday,” he explains.

The Amapiano sensation tells us more about his album, breaking into the music industry, and more.

Let’s talk about your love for music, where did it all begin?

I was doing Hip-Hop from 2013 and only started doing Amapiano in February this year. I decided to get out of my comfort zone. I felt that I needed to experience new things because I had been doing Hip-Hop for so long, but there was no change.

How was the transition from being a Hi-Hop artist to doing Amapiano?

It was scary because it came with a lot of talks, but taking a break from the culture was good for me. It was a big risk but because Amapiano is still music, I still feel the same way I felt when I was doing Hip-Hop. I love music and it’s all music at the end of the day. Transitioning from Hip-Hop to Amapiano just grew the love I have for music as a whole and that’s the most important part.

Coming from Daveyton, how tough was it for you to break into the industry?

It’s the hardest thing when you’re not focused and don’t know your story. It takes a lot of self-discipline and staying at home to avoid a lot of things. I only left home to go perform because I wanted to stay away from a lot of wrong things. I made it by going out and showing love to the people I’d meet when performing. I’m a humble being and a respectful person, so that’s how I made connections with people. When you respect people wherever you go, they get to love you and actually want to work with you.

You’ve worked with big artists on this album. How was this experience for you as a newcomer?

As a newcomer, I look up to these people and I always want to learn so much from them. I always listen to their advice and what they have to say. The experience has been amazing. Getting to work with them means more to me than just recording in studio with them. They show me respect and guide me on a lot of things. Once again, I regard that as a blessing because I’ve never imagined it all happening in such a short space of time.

Who do you still wish to collaborate with in future?

A lot of people because I look up to a lot of people in this industry. There’s a lot of them on the list, but I would really like to work with Cassper Nyovest because he’s the person who made me love Hip-Hop. Cassper and Okmalumkoolkat are some of the people who made me love the Hip-Hop culture and everything that comes with it.

Where do you wish to see your brand in the next five years?

Big. I want to go bigger and take over. I want to do a lot of things and enjoy the process. For the rest of this year, fans can expect to get to know me more and be inspired by my work.




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