My Xhosa family taught me to be proud of my heritage. As a child, I grew up seeing elders wearing umbhaco (traditional regalia) with pride, and speaking their language unapologetically. They instilled in me a sense of pride and, when I saw other people drifting away from their culture and adopting western ways, I decided to create music that is proudly African. I’m happy that I am popular for singing in Xhosa.
I love creating timeless music. I’m inspired by musicians with songs that every generation can relate to. I look up to the late Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie and Marvin Gaye because even though they are no longer with us, their music lives on. I hope that my music also lasts forever. My first album Kwantu became an instant hit, and helped to grow my fan base. Hearing people singing songs that I released years ago such as Dali wam, Ngum’ntonjani and Uyakhumbula makes me happy.
I did not take a break from the industry; I’ve been making music and performing over the years. But, it wasn’t marketed properly, and so did not reach the target audience. I made bad business decisions that made it appear as if I was not making music. Being a famous musician and having eyes on you is not easy. The pressure can be crippling. But, I’m glad that because of this, I’m now a business-savvy musician who understands that talent alone is not enough to make it in this highly comp