Celebrating Heritage Month With Khuzani.
Maskandi is an old evolving type of genre that we are all starting to love more than hate. There are quite a few artists talented in this area of music and are still to show us what they can do with it and what makes it unique. One of them is Khuzani, a young talented musician from KZN representing His music with pride. We took a moment to sit down with him to find out more about him.
GLM: Introduce us to Khuzani
Khuzani: My name is Nkosikhona Innocent Mpungose, who is a humble small town boy who is here to take full advantage of all opportunities, a creative, outspoken expressionist, in love with all platforms and mediums of expression, a husband and a proud father of two who seeks to leave a legacy I am a singer, songwriter and guitarist. I was born in KwaZuluNatal, eNkandla, emandaba village, I spent my childhood years with my warmhearted family in Nkandla. In 2011 I joined the music industry and I have never looked back.
GLM: What do you think is the relevance of your indigenous language (ISIZULU) in giving uMaskandi a remarkable identity?
Khuzani: To me our mother tongues are the most relevant tool to utilize in giving our music the unique African identity. To me IsiZulu is the only way I can freely express myself in my music, not that I don’t sing in other languages but my mother tongue distinguish me from the world.
GLM: How and Why should people celebrate Heritage day?
Khuzani: Heritage day is not just a day but a significant day to us black nation. People ought to make an awareness towards protecting our traditions. People without knowledge of their past or origin is like tree without roots. So in order to gain the knowledge about the past we should preserve our culture(Amasiko wethu). On this very month people should be proud of their cultures and show off their indigenous outfits and the radio station should play more of African music.
GLM: How has Maskandi music evolved over the past decade?
Khuzani: Maskandi has evolved a lot compared to other genres across the country. I think the level of acceptance is high and people support Maskandi.
GLM: Tell us about Jonathan D, endorsement
Khuzani: It isn’t hard to pull off swag, or sell it, when you’re this handsome. Jonathan D is responsible for my stunning look. I’ve been fortunate enough to land an endorsement with Jonathan D, dressing me in style like a high profile man that I am. I am grateful and we are still negotiating on with Jonathan D, So that my fans can be able to buy my T-shirts embroidered my picture on it from Jonathan D stores across the country.
GLM: Where are you performing this month?
Khuzani: This month I am celebrating my culture, my music, my black skin throughout the month. I will be performing in several places including ESSENCE festival.
GLM: Tell us about your new current Album
Khuzani: My current album titled ISIXAXA SAMAXOKI , went gold within Two months of its release. I have worked with several people SKHINDI Zondi, Phathaphatha, Maqude, Senzo Kanyile and Thibela Mpungose to name a few.
GLM: What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
Khuzani: There’s a lot. Winning the Song of the year and Best selling artist(AMATSHOTSHO KA MASKANDI AWARDS), the SATMA’s, SAMA’S and The Life changers Awards etc.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni