De­ter­mined KLY keeps learn­ing

CityPress - - News - PHUTI MATHOBELA phuti.mathobela@city­press.co.za

Dancer-turned-mu­si­cian Siyabonga Mkhize (pic­tured) is rid­ing the wave of suc­cess with record la­bel Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment, whose artists scooped sev­eral awards at both the Metro Awards and the SA Mu­sic Awards a few weeks ago. He has re­leased a sin­gle, Snap­dats**t, fea­tur­ing hit­maker DJ Mapho­risa, rap­per Em­tee and Nige­rian star Pa­torank­ing that is fast climb­ing the charts. Known by his stage name KLY (Keep Love Young), the song­writer and singer claims to have fallen in love with mu­sic at a young age and says it gave him the de­ter­mi­na­tion to trek to Johannesburg from Dur­ban to find a record la­bel that could nur­ture his tal­ent and open doors for him. Along with the sup­port and men­tor­ship of rap­pers Em­tee and DJ Mapho­risa, Mkhize (23) told City Press that the pub­lic’s re­cep­tion of Snap­dats**t has el­e­vated his ca­reer and pro­file in the in­dus­try. “The song is about the fun so­cial me­dia brings to peo­ple and the role it plays in cap­tur­ing and shar­ing price­less mo­ments in peo­ple’s lives. “It is all about hav­ing mo­ments with your loved ones and shar­ing love with them,” he said, ob­vi­ously choos­ing to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive side of so­cial me­dia. Mkhize told City Pres that he lis­tened to a lot of R&B in high school. This was soon fol­lowed by a de­sire to be a rap­per and he now looks up to artists in­clud­ing Drake, Par­tyNex­tDoor, Wizkid and Tory Lanez. He men­tions the movies Sis­ter Act 1 and 2 as part of what in­spired him to try his luck in the mu­sic in­dus­try. He says these movies led him to start watch­ing and down­load­ing videos which he used as singing lessons. “It was then that I started tak­ing mu­sic se­ri­ously and want­ing to make a ca­reer out of it.” He worked with Mafik­i­zolo on their hit sin­gle Kucheza, learn­ing from their decades­long ex­pe­ri­ence in the mu­sic in­dus­try. “They taught me that mu­sic is for the peo­ple, not you as a singer, and how to be hum­ble. They helped me to strive for per­fec­tion and how to be di­verse be­cause they al­ways work with dif­fer­ent African artists,” he said. This is why, he added, he does not re­strict him­self to ei­ther hip-hop or R&B as a mu­si­cian, but ex­plores all mu­sic gen­res. “I am plan­ning on do­ing tours to show my love and re­spect for my fans all over the coun­try and across Africa,” said Mkhize. The tour will give him the op­por­tu­nity to show­case his tal­ent, he said, adding that fans should ex­pect an al­bum to­wards the end of the year.

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