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Ithongo lami: An upcoming artist’s prayer

It is no coincidence that Afro Soul singer, MthobiCy, will be dropping his debut Extended Playlist (EP) on the 24th of September – a day when South Africans embrace their diversity, culture and roots.

In terms of quality, message and culture, Afro Soul is one of the richest music genres in South Africa and the 20 year old singer (whose real name is Mthobisi Khanyile) says that he cannot wait to add his own flavour into this genre.

Chatting with our crew, MthobiCy told us that his body of work is titled ‘Ithongo Lami’ which is a nguni term for ‘My Ancestors’. He further informed us that the EP is a prayer and plea to his ancestors for a big break into the South African music industry. The EP consists of nine songs that are in isiZulu; MthobiCy’s home language. Every track was written by himself and produced by Lindani Ngcongo, also known as Brindajoy, under PartTime Records.

With Ithongo Lami EP, MthobiCy catered for a wide range of listeners with hopes of encouraging those who have given up on their dreams due to life’s difficulties. The EP is also infused with melodic love songs to inspire his listeners to be with the ones their hearts beat for.

Asked which song he wants his listeners to relate to the most, he said: “It would have to be ‘Iliba Lothando’. I want the youth of Mzansi to know and learn from it because it talks about what holds them back in life, which is focusing on ‘love’ and they often tend to forget about their dreams.”

Apart from being a musician, MthobiCy is also a dancer, writer and an actor. His involvement in the arts and entertainment industry dates back to his high school days with Kusasa the Musical being one of his most memorable stage plays, which was first staged at the Bat Centre in Durban. However, when it comes to his love for music, the young musician says that it was the gospel singer, Mvuselelo Buthelezi who introduced him to the scene in 2016.

Citing Nathi Mankayi as his biggest influences and an artist he would love to work with, MthobiCy says that the decision to sing Afro Soul was not a difficult one to make. For him, making music is about telling your stories the way you see fit and he has the freedom to do so with this genre.

“Other type of genres usually force an artist to sing about girls, alcohol and money. I feel Afro Soul is a genre that has a greater future more than other genres,” he explained.

For bookings, call: +27 84 562 1851. He is Mthobisi Mkhize Mthobic on Facebook.

~ Thabile Shange

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