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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.

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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?


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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.

10 Minutes With 19 Year Old Hip Hop Artist Wandile Dlamini AKA Dee Wyz

During the Red Bull Kas’lami event in Artizen I got to chit chat with 19 year old Ntshongweni based Hip Hop artist Wandile Dlamini who goes by the name ‘Dee Wyz’. He’s a Varsity College student who loves being on stage and writing music. I hope you enjoy reading this Q&A as much as I did chatting to him.
Why Music?
Music is art, it’s a way of expressing yourself and communicating universally with listeners and people you’ve never met. I’ve always believed that everyone has a purpose on Earth and a God-given talent,mine is music, Music is my passion it’s how I deal with stress, life situations and emotional conflict. I fell in love with music at a very young age through listening to the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr Dre, The Game and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Although i couldn’t understand half of what they were saying back then, when I listen to those songs again 9 years later now it makes perfect sense and I relate to some of the stories they shared.
Let’s talk about your style of lyrics;
Deep, introspective, educational thought-provoking and emotional. I take a lot of time to think about what i put in my lyrics,the type of impact it will have, the kind of vibe I intend to push out,the different stories I tell and my responsibility to actually know what I’m talking about. My lyrics literally take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride because of my emphasis on detail and getting a message across.
At what age did you begin doing music?
I made my first song when I was 13 called “Bullet in my Brain”, I remember the chorus for it even till this day it’s always going to be stuck in my head because of the excitement I had of having a song you know. My friends laughed at me so hard when I played it for them the first time probably because my lyrics had no substance at that time. After that I dropped like 5 songs in the space of 2 months to stay consistent as my hunger to be heard kept growing and my momentum was building up. At 14 I recorded a mixtape called “NewBorn” produced by ShoutoutBeats who I still work with today.The buzz it garnered in my hood gave me so much to motivation to strive for my passion and to make it possible to reach your dreams no matter where you’re from. Unbelievablely I still have that CD mixtape at home and listen to it now and then to feel inspired.

Why hip-hop?
Hip-Hop has always been a part of my life. It hasn’t only affected me but also my family. My 2 uncles sag their pants whenever they wear jeans and rap their favourite lyrics from 2Pac and Biggie when they’re roaming in the streets or whenever they are amongst their friends. So I grew up off that it’s in my veins it’s been in my background ever since. I didn’t choose Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop chose me.It’s a culture we live in our own society where you be all you can be.
Who did you work with on your current single?
I worked with Chauffered Dream my record label and my main producer ShoutoutBeats who is under Loyalty Unlimited. He made the beat for what was to become my debut single known as “Stay Woke” and my breakout single dually. He’s only 20 years old from my hood so we’re just black inspired kids trying to become something positive out of life. Nothing less, nothing more.
How much time do you spend in studio?
I’m in the studio every weekend I’m currently working on an E.P so I try to spend as much time as I can there no doubt.My studio is in Mgababa, I live in a place near Hammersdale called Ntshongweni so it has to be worth the trip everytime i go to the studio.
Who’s the current hit on the Durban Hip Hop scene?
Nasty C definitely. He’s putting the time and effort in his craft and the outcome is incredible. His mixtape “Price City” is one of my favourite projects to ever be released by an artist from Durban so props to him he’s doing his thing.
Favourite female artist?
It has to be Rouge for me. That girl raps hard,and switches flows like it’s nobody’s business. She’s the true definition of a Female Mc I love her music and respect who she is and what she stands for.
Your playlist right now?
I got that 6Lack album “FreeLac”,Bryson Tiller’s new album “True To Self”, Kendrick Lamar and lastly J.Cole. That’s about it for me right now I vibe around heavily to these musicians work especially their albums.

Talking Music With Nkululeko Fusase AKA De Cante

Hailing all the way from Empangeni, Nkululeko Fusase who prefers to be called ‘De Cante’ when he’s making people dance is a music DJ who’s began doing what he loves when he was still doing Grade 6 and then went on to make his very 1st beat at Grade 8. During his music career, he has worked with a number of artists including The Legendary DJ Sbu and popular ‘Sengizwile’ hit maker, Shota. De Cante is also a Digital Music Composition & Production Graduate. Enjoy reading my Q&A with him below:
Why music?

Amongst other career options I had for my future I chose music because this is the only career path I understand better than any other out there. To me it is not just ordinary music that everybody listens or adores, but for me it is something I love and live for. No other thing makes me feel better when I’m down, stressed nor hurt but music gets to me somehow and turns the situation around to better.

Why go for Dance Music in particular?

I have always been that kind of person that is into dance music although I can’t dance, for me house music is easy to understand and listen to at the same time enjoying its rhythm. This is the kind of music that never gets old even after 2 or 5 years, the feel of it remains the same. And this is where I get to exercise my producing skills fully and not get limited along the way.

Click here to download ‘chasing my dreams’ by De Cante.

Would you say your childhood influenced your love for music?

Yes it did, because there was a time in my village where deejaying became a fashion and it was like if you don’t know how to you’re slow or boring. This is where I developed so much love and passion for house music, even within the schemes we formed at the time I always got good feedback on how I play and take control on the decks, so that alone gave me courage to take things further with house music.

Which other music genres would you like to tap into in the near future?

I would have to go with Jazz and Hip hop because those genres I already have a lil understanding of it and also like its sounds and elements.

What do you think makes African House Music different?

House Music never loose its place in the industry it is always there no matter which genre blows at that time. It always hits the mark and it is unreplaceable in any way.

What has being an artist taught you so far?

I have to always go an extra mile on my work so I do better, always have to introduce new and unique ideas upon my work. A challenge of coming up with different sounds each time I’m in studio is one thing that always teaches me something new. And last more thing, respect and love to people who support you is also way too important.

Who is your African music Icon?

I look up to Black Coffee, the way the guy handles his career whilst people get worked up by fame and money but he’s always on his lane. He inspires me to do so too, his career keeps on levitating, never stops hustling, this is what I want for my music career.

Best African female artist you’d love to colllaborate with?

Lady Zamar, because I find her amazingly talented and she can fit quit well to my sound of music.

Why do you think it is important for artists to support and collaborate with one another?

This is one thing some others don’t notice but this is really important cause if you collaborate with an artist it’s not about just working together but it’s about admiring and respecting each other’s work. And it helps to get new audience for your music cause his/her fans will get to know you and maybe fall in love with you and your music, so for me this is important.

Why do you think it is important that as South Africans we don’t get too inspired by American Music & then end up losing our touch in the end?

Because this might make us as South Africans look like we copy their sounds and if it’s like that nothing makes us different nor special, this is something that we have to be aware of and keep it 100% with our South African sounds.

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


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