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MAVILOS Chats Music & Africa

I was first introduced to house music maker, MAVILOS after he dropped the “O Motsere Kae” video mid January. I was inspired by his energy and absolutely loved his sound. I know that many of you enjoy these interviews and me introducing new artists to you, that’s one of the reasons I decided to hit him up for a short Q&A.

Why music? Music has always lived in me. I am music.

Why go for this music genre in particular? I love music generally but up tempo and soulful sounds give me joy and inner peace plus I love dancing as well.

Would you say your childhood influenced your love music? Yes, quite a lot because I listened to plenty of music at young age. That unleashed the musician in me and I started playing self-made drums and self-made guitars. I would use anything that created music sound; even in primary school when others were playing soccer, I would be busy making music by singing and beating desks as my drums.

Which other music genres would you like to tap into in the near future? It is unpredictable because I can compose different genres currently. I wrote a reggae album for Matshikos titled Ejele.  I can do a lot when coming to producing music.

What do you think makes African music different? African music is rich and full of melodies from the beats to the voices.

What has being a music producer & artist taught you thus far? Freedom of being yourself and to give what is coming from your soul.

Who is your favourite African artist? There are many but to name a few: Lady Zamar; Techno; Micasa and Zahara. The list is long because Africa is rich with talented musicians.

African female artist you’d like to collaborate with? I have a quite a few there as well but for now – Zahara

Why do you think it is important for music producers to collaborate with one another? Because different minds and touches can be brought together to come up with a good musical recipe. It will also help grow and enhance each other’s skills.

Why do you think it is important that as South African Artists we don’t get too inspired by the western then end up losing our touch in the end? One can take a few pointers from artists worldwide and also enjoy the sounds they make but keeping our African touch alive and the identity of our country and the continent as a whole is key.

In one word.. Describe a proud African.. Patriotic.

Q&A With TDK Macassette

Thandeka Mkhwanazi aka TDK Macassette sure is one of the sexiest things in the entertainment scene right now. This kwaito-musician and performer, also owns her own Publication Relations Company and says being a musician was never part of her plan but it all happened so quickly. She does however mention that music has always been a part of her life and that she wouldn’t trade her life right now for anything in the world. Read below as I got to have a Q&A session with this #YEBO hit maker;

Which 5 words best describe TDK Macassette? 

  1. Dedicated
  2. Hard working
  3. Loving
  4. Fun
  5. Active

What motivates you? TDK Macassette.

Share your story of how you were 1st introduced to the music industry; It’s a very funny story but I’ll cut it short – I was actually through working with Dj Maphorisa & a client from Cameroon. I was just fooling around in studio.

Do you come from a musical family? No, but music has always been a great part of my life.

Which famous musicians do you admire & you have learned from? In South Africa I would say the late Lebo Mathosa and internationally it will have to be the amazing Beyonce.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Not really, I just loved radio & music generally from a young age.

Who are your favorite musicians or Groups? Has to be Boom Shaka & Destiny’s Child.

Do you prefer to work alone or within a team? Alone.

Do you get nervous before a performance? Oh yes I do all the time hey – never easy.

Tell me about your courage and confidence when handling a mistake during a performance; I get back right up like it was part of the plan, it’s very interesting how I handle it hay, to be honest I never plan anything its always surprising.

How often and for how long do you practice? At least once a day but mostly twice which would depend on my team.

What do you like to dislike about your current position? Nothing. I love it!!!!

How do you balance your music with other obligations, personal life, love life and family? Time management. I diarise most of my duties and schedules.

Besides performing, what else keeps you busy? My business, I own a public relations management company named Tdeeiosion that deals with a lot of corporate clients.

Let’s Get To Know Music Entrepreneur Andy Tylo

I know that most of you would agree with me that KZN’s music scene is on fire right now, hip hop, house, Gqom – everything, we’re legit serving real source. So I recently got to chat with Mr. #NihambaNibamba himself, Andy Tylo – following his recent release featuring CoolPrince.

For someone who doesn’t know Andy, describe yourself in a sentence;

Andy Tylo is a humble Superstar Artist & DJ who is a trendsetter.

Tell me more about your childhood;

I grew up north of KZN in a small town called Pongola. I came to pursue my varsity life in
Durban in 2008. I then began producing and DJying House music, which later followed by breaking out of the box and mastering other genres.

Click HERE to download #NihambaNibamba

What inspired your latest single #NihambaNibamba?

 Its to inspire people that everything they touch must turn into Gold. It’s a happy song.

What have you learned since being exposed to entertainment industry?

Respect the people you meet everyday – you will never know when you will need them.

What don’t you like about this industry?

The fact that it’s a little bit too small (my wish is to grow it bigger like how the likes of Legendary Brenda Fassie & Soul brothers did it.

Give me 5 of your favourite artists in KZN?

Well there is a lot it will be unfair to separate them.

What’s the most played track in your car?


Click HERE to get #NihambaNibamba on iTune

When can people expect your first album?

Early next year.

Besides music, what else do you do?

I’m a brand builder and a Creative Director of a trends Company that involves fashion and Events’.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in music?

You need to love it, you need to be willing to do it everyday of your life. You basically need to forget about the money or fame and focus on the vision.

What’s next from Andy Tylo?

More music, more events and more Sauce.

Music is… Me

Love is… What I give

My favourite season is… Summer

I grew up… A people’s person

My strength is… People

Q&A: Thami Mathonsi Is Making Waves On NXT LVL TV Show

Pinetown born 21 year old Thamsanqa Vuyo Thobile Mathonsi, a Drama student at the University of Kwazulu – Natal. Thami looks up to his mentor, Ndumiso ‘Brazo’ Njapha and the legendary Ringo Madlingozi.  He sees his NXT LVL as to one day have his own best-selling album and be able to take care of his family.

How did you find out about the Vodacom NXT LVL show? I was told by my high school friend. He believed I could get through if I entered.

How has your life changed since joining the show? My life has changed a lot. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, after working so hard for a breakthrough. The NXT LVL TV show has opened my eyes more about the music industry.

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing for a career? I think I would be a very good teacher (giggles). My parents and my older sister are all teachers so I think I would’ve gotten into the family tradition.

The show, how has the experience been thus far? It is so amazing. To meet such great talents in my fellow contestants and to be paired up with industry heavyweights is an overwhelming experience. I think this was meant to be… I feel like it’s my purpose to succeed in doing what I love.

What can people expect from the show entirely? It’s plain and simple; great moments, sad moments, happy moments and all that’s in between. Our journeys to the NXT LVL are a real bumpy ride. People must brace themselves for some surprises.

What can people expect from you on the show? Expect to see me at my best and my lowest. It is a real rollercoaster for me both musically and emotionally. So, I plan to give all the challenges my best.

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