Nomvula named song of the year

CityPress - - News - ATHANDIWE SABA athandiwe.saba@city­

For singer Nathi Mankayi, 2015 was a for­mi­da­ble year that kicked off a suc­cess­ful mu­sic ca­reer through his de­but al­bum Buyelekhaya. And now that his hit sin­gle Nomvula is of­fi­cially the song of 2015, the sky seems to be the limit.

Mankayi was pit­ted against DJ Black Cof­fee’s We Dance Again, Dbn Nyts’ song Shu­maya, and Cu­loe De Song’s Nguwe, fea­tur­ing Than­diswa Mazwai.

Mankayi spoke to City Press about the win, giv­ing a big up to one of his big­gest fans, Bo­nang Matheba, who unashamedly adored the song.

“Firstly, I would like to thank all those peo­ple around the coun­try who voted for Nomvula. Through the year there have been peo­ple who per­son­ally adopted the song. Thank you, Bo­nang,” he said.

“I am very happy that through the jour­ney I have been on I never gave up and con­tin­ued to be­lieve in what I wanted to achieve.”

He said win­ning the ti­tle was “amaz­ing, es­pe­cially when I lis­ten to all the other songs”. He takes home a R150 000 cash prize and a Kia Pi­canto.

This fes­tive sea­son has been all work and no play for Mankayi, with a gig ev­ery other day. He has per­formed at events in Mbombela, the BET Ex­pe­ri­ence Africa, the 10th Tlokwe Fam­ily Day Jazz Fes­ti­val on Jan­uary 1, and the East­ern Cape’s Buyel’Ekhaya Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

“It has been a crazy few months and we have not really had a break. But we will have some time to rest soon,” he added.

How­ever, he doesn’t know when that will be, as he is al­ready work­ing on some new mu­sic.

“We are in and out of the stu­dio all the time. Col­lab­o­ra­tions will in­clude Vusi Nova and The Soil – no real sur­prises there,” he said.

His al­bum has notched up 145 000 units in sales, and is steadily climb­ing.

Af­ter wrap­ping up his fes­tive sea­son gigs, Mankayi is head­ing back to Ma­clear, East­ern Cape, to spend some of his well-de­served cash prize.

“There are things I need to take care of at home. I am look­ing for­ward to that,” he said.

WIN­NER Nathi Mankayi

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