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Artist Spotlight: Mlungisi ‘Manqonqo’ Buthelezi

Mlungisi “Manqonqo” Buthelezi is a 21 year old Musician born and bred in Zwelitsha, Adams Mission in Kwa Zulu-Natal. From the age of 10 it was clear that the boy would one day be a star.  His passion for music grew in music school groups during his childhood. He later got used to writing his own songs and producing his own music.

For the past four years, Manqonqo took his music to the next level when he started performing at professional staged. This made him realize that music was not just a hobby but a gift and a calling for him and he needed to share it with the rest of the world.

This is when he and his team worked on a song that has now reached +2.6 Million views on YouTube, titled Eyadini. Even though the song speaks of a specific venue of entertainment in Durban, it’s a representation of all places of entertainment.

Manqonqo is now the main topic throughout the whole country for his amazing hit track titled “Eyadini”. What’s more inspiring about Manqonqo’s story is that in his upcoming album he worked with young people around his age. Majority of the tracks on the album was produced by 19 year old Mlondi “Airic” Ngubane.

Manqonqo says he is inspired by local music heads like DJ Tira & DJ Cleo.


2POINT1 To Drops ‘BATHO BANA’

One of South Africa best upcoming duo from Welkom, a township in the Free State Province, 2point1 Music was started in 2009 by two guys who are based in Welkom named Moeketsi “Sheke” Rathebe and Prince “Priga” Baloyi, The versatile duo was inspired by the likes of Black Motion and Vatkuk & Mahoota to produce Music and work together.

The 2 have been working as individuals prior 2009 however because their sounds was complementing each other they decided to name themselves 2Point1 Music which then means “ We are two yet we represent one sound of music” that is how the name came about.

2point1 produces commercial House as their primary focus however because of their versatile they also produce afro house and AmaPiano. The duo first big release was in 2013, a song called Senya which had over 250 000 YouTube views, the song penetrated areas like Lesotho, Botswana and received a good attraction in South Africa.

In our Journey of Music we were then signed in 2017 by Lowkey Records which is in a Joint Venture with Universal Music, and this where we worked with Prince Kaybee as a lable CEO, because of this JV Priga and Sheke managed to release two singles, first one being an Amapiano track called Docha and this where we worked with a vocalist named Butana he is also based in Welkom.

The Song was released in 2018 and we later released the Music which has 20 000 views on YouTube and the song received support from South Africans and in other neighbouring countries like Lesotho and Botswana. Docha became part of Universal Music South Africa compilation released in December 2018 title “ITS NOT A PARTY WITHOUT US”

We also had the pleasure of working with DJ Tira and Naakmusiq in our latest single titled “Don’t Say”, the song was also released under Universal Music in JV with Lowkey Records, We are still working on shooting the Music Video for this song, Don’t say was release on the 15 March 2019,

The crew managed to produce hit song titled “Oga Please” that is getting an international airplay and also produced a song called Love Me by Mp Unit ft. Miss P that is also getting a high Music Video Rotation on SABC, MTV Base and Channel O

Goals and Objectives:

2point1 Music believes that they have what it takes to make it into the mainstream of the industry and also receive the recognition as one of the best duo in South Africa that produces music.

Priga and Sheke desires to accumulate as much awards as possible so that they can grow their brand and they believe they can make it once given an opportunity to work with a mainstream Record label.

The last goal is to sign with the hard working Record Label in South Africa. The group’s objective is to be committed and put more effort and extra time to release quality songs in their Music Production.

Brand Presence

2point1 has a good footprint in their province of Free State, Gauteng and Northwest, they are currently working hard to secure good following from other provinces, On social platforms we are also growing our numbers through our hard work, we are currently on 11k Facebook following, Twitter 2,3k and Instagram 1,3k

In conclusion 2point1 Music thanks all fans who have been loyal and committed to demand more music from them. Their dream is to see their brand big.  



Artist of the week: Phillip Sizwe Blose aka Pyramid

An actor, singer, composer and music producer Phillip Sizwe Blose aka Pyramid which his name is actually derived from ancient mysterious structures. So just like true pyramids which have been there for thousands of years, known for extending life through energy and frequencies kept on it, then Sizwe is keen to ensure that all his art forms mostly his music stays forever, heals and soothes life through his sorrowful and energetic lovely melodies.

Pyramid was born on the 28th January 1985 in KwaMashu Durban where he also started his primary education. He then later moved to Mayville Catocresto where he spent most of his life. While he was at a school called Ngwenya at Mayville he developed the love for music and started attending classes for music. Few years later then moved to Mayville secondary High where him and his friends started a Gospel Music Group called 6 Boys. He got audition in a cast called Ikwezi LeAfrika which had a popular stage play called Bhambatha KaMancinza. Sizwe was initially audition for a supporting role for chief Nhlonhlo and later scooped himself a leading role for King Bhambatha.

He eventually got auditioned by Mbongeni Ngema for Committed Artists which was having a popular stage play called Sing Africa Dance which was where he learnt a lot from making a music notes, acting and dancing. Whilst in that he then started recording his first album as a Gospel Artist where he released it which titled Ndikhusele under a record label called Ghetto Masters who was ran by Mandla Khwela and got signed by a record label called Sonke Records by Themba Ngcamu. He carried on working with Mbongeni Ngema doing shows like Sarafina and other things that were done by Committed Artists. That’s when he met Shaluza Max and Peter Ngobese, he worked with them where he did most of the vocals for Takalani Sesame and recorded his third album where he worked with Shaluza Max and Jaziel Brothers.

He carried on with acting and ended up joining Go-Big-Productions Agency where he got roles on overseas movies as an extra, another movies called Fact of the Stock as a Congolese King and other local movies by Durban Motion Pictures as most of those movies are still playing on Mzansi Magic. He is currently running his record label called Red Pyramids which has attracted young and fresh upcoming artists that have studied for music and with great talent. Amongst the big names he worked with is Jonas Gwangwa and once shared the stage with the likes of Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Sifiso Ncwane, Vuyo Mokoena and Lundi Tyamara.

The Current EP Titled: Usisthandwa Sam.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo set to host the 1st Annual Cothoza Music Awards

Five time Grammy award winners and internationally acclaimed isicathamiya music icons, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be hosting the first annual Isicathamiya awards, COTHOZA MUSIC AWARDS (COMA) . Cothoza Music Awards will be held on the 22nd of June 2019 at the Durban Playhouse.

The awards are part of Ladysmith Black Mambazo program called Ladysmith Black Mambazo Mobile Academy, an initiative aimed at reviving and developing Isicathamiya music with developing and established music groups who want to take their music to greatest heights .Through the program Ladysmith Black Mambazo runs master classes across the country and also discovered and developed talent on isicathamiya and indigenous music. Cothoza Music Awards will honor and acknowledge great contributions made by isicathamiya groups dating back from the era of Solomon Linda – who created a world classic song titled “Imbube” and also acknowledge the current isicathamiya artists who are the torch bearers of the this iconic music genre.
The event will be hosted in the beautiful city of Durban because of its historic significance and pivotal role in hosting Isicathamiya competitions and concerts over the years. Durban has become a breeding ground for budding and established Isicathamiya music artists. Durban is synonymous with showcasing isicathamiya music at traditional Isicathamiya venues like YMCA, Clermont Hostel and other Durban hostels inclusive of community halls around the city. This has been a trend dating back to the late 50’s whereby the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo have a historic attachment to the city of Durban since its founder, Professor Joseph Shabalala, started the group in Durban when it was formerly called Durban choir, later it was called Ezimnyama before it was finally called Ladysmith Black Mambazo .

Professor Shabalala is very happy that the awards are finally taking place since it has been his longtime dream for isicathamiya music to be recognized as a national music treasure and as a great cultural export.

COMA’s will be a series of a three day event happening at The Durban Playhouse featuring programs such as Cothoza Masterclass starting from 10:00 on the 19th June 2019 – which will have a panel of discussions about the evolution of isicathamiya. The second day shall be a thrilling programme of Isicathamiya Concert starting at 19: 00 will be held on 20th of June 2019. The line-up will include Ladysmith Black Mambazo sharing the stage with various Isicathamiya and accapela music groups.
The main event taking place on the 22nd of June 2019 which will be the awards ceremony will not only be honoring isicathamiya artists but also be a night filled with entertaining live performances on stage.
The Cothoza Music Awards (COMA) open call for entry to all qualifying Isicathamiya Music Groups is open for groups that have contributed in the growth and promotions of Isicathamiya Music genre. Entrants should have albums that were released from March 2014 to April 2019. The groups and participants will compete on categories ranging from Best Isicathamiya Album, Best Ushameni Album, Best Isikhwela Joe Album,Best Isicathamiya Female Group, Best Isicathamiya School Group, Best Sound Engineer, Best Producer, Best Isicathamiya Radio Show, Cothoza People’s Choice (song voted for by the public), Best Acapella Album (Gospel/Contemporary/AmaZion.), Best Styled Isicathamiya Group and Best Styled Acapella Group.

The nominating window is currently open and will close on 21 May 2019, 16H00. The nominated groups shall be unveiled on the 28th of May 2019 in Durban.

Application forms and detailed information is available on website:www.cothozamusicawards.co.za.


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