NK Vor­tex con­tin­ues to in­spire his own mu­sic ca­reer with predige­nous per­se­ver­ance.

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Happy Rikhotso

NK Vor­tex, whose real name is Grad­well Mathe­bula is an Afro-Pop and RNB artist from South Africa’s trop­i­cal and green Prov­ince, Lim­popo. The 21 year old’s mu­sic ca­reer started back in 2009 as he had an op­por­tu­nity to work with Mike Chauke, who was his pro­ducer and beat maker at Mike Pro­duc­tion. “My first sin­gle was Vafana (boys),” he says. Gears turned out to be a bit of a chal­lenge when his pro­ducer (Mike) set off from the mu­sic in­dus­try, which led him into paus­ing his mu­sic ca­reer. “It was dif­fi­cult not hav­ing him as my pro­ducer and I had not thought of any way for­ward,” he says. Vor­tex tells Em­pow­ered Youth that he then met Nichol in 2012 and they em­barked on a jour­ney to­gether with Char­lie Tall at Burn­ing Records. It was un­for­tu­nate that the stu­dio stopped op­er­at­ing in 2013 af­ter a loss of equip­ment and Vor­tex was left with no plan any fur­ther.

It was in 2015 when he met Heti­sani and they started work­ing to­gether. Hav­ing the hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated Heti­sani, songs like “Why I should not” were pro­duced and peo­ple rec­og­nized Vor­tex be­cause of the hit track. “Heti­sani pro­duced many of my songs that were not taken se­ri­ously, songs like “Ndz­ixiku­mile”. Lucky, known as LKB also con­trib­uted to­wards the mak­ing of the song,” he says. “My vic­tory of liv­ing a dream came as I met one of the Daniel broth­ers as­so­ciate, Nt­wanano. He pro­duced one song for me which be­came a hit and ti­tle track for my first al­bum,” He adds “I gained more fans and I be­came very con­fi­dent that my ca­reer was ex­pand­ing upon greater lev­els”. Mathe­bula’s first al­bum with 10 tracks was re­leased on the 4th of Novem­ber 2017 un­der BNB Me­dia SA with “Much Money” as a pro­ducer and Heti­sani as the beat maker of the al­bum. “I am much hon­oured to have had such great op­por­tu­nity to work with great peo­ple with ex­cep­tional skills,” he says. Vor­tex is cur­rently work­ing on his sec­ond al­bum and is set to be re­leased on the 4th of Novem­ber 2018. Asked about his re­lease date, Vor­tex tells Em­pow­ered… The 21 year old Grad­well is one of the de­ter­mined and tal­ent driven young in­di­vid­u­als re­spect­ing their tal­ents.


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