‘I haven’t got my big break yet’

Anatii wants to work with more big artists

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA karishma.dipa@inl.co.za

DE­SPITE rap­per Anatii be­ing one of the big­gest names in the lo­cal hip-hop in­dus­try, he doesn’t be­lieve he has had his big break yet.

“I don’t think I’ve achieved suc­cess yet,” he in­sists. “My ca­reer is a con­stant jour­ney and I work on my dreams ev­ery day.”

Although the pro­ducer and mu­si­cian, whose real name is Anathi Mnyango, cel­e­brated his 24th birth­day a few days ago, he started work­ing in the in­dus­try at just 14.

With leg­endary pro­ducer and com­poser Lebo M as his men­tor, he worked on a com­pi­la­tion for soft drink gi­ant Coca-Cola in 2009. He says his love for mu­sic comes from his late fa­ther, who was a ra­dio DJ in the 1980s.

“My mother also loved mu­sic and I grew up in a home where mu­sic was al­ways play­ing.”

Since then, the mu­si­cian man­aged to add im­pres­sive ac­co­lades to his name, which in­clude re­leas­ing his own al­bum and col­lab­o­rat­ing with the best in the busi­ness. This in­cludes fel­low rap­per AKA, with whom Mnyango re­leased the sin­gle 10 Fin­gers ear­lier this month.

Although the pair are said to have had a spat last year, he in­sisted they have a great work­ing re­la­tion­ship. “We have re­ally good chem­istry and share the same sen­ti­ments.”

He reck­ons the sin­gle has been well re­ceived be­cause of its in­spi­ra­tional lyrics and says peo­ple can re­late to it.

“The song speaks about where we come from and is mo­ti­va­tional, but is also fit to play in the club.”

He adds that the re­lease also came as a sur­prise to their fans. “Peo­ple didn’t ex­pect mu­sic from AKA and my­self, and the re­sponse has just been amaz­ing.”

Although he has worked with the big­gest mu­si­cians lo­cally, as well as abroad, in­clud­ing DJ Khaled and Omar­ion, he plans to add a few more col­lab­o­ra­tions to the list.

He in­sists he would en­joy work­ing with any artist who is pas­sion­ate about their craft and would like to part­ner with fel­low mu­si­cians Wizkid, Travis Scott and Young Thug soon.

“Each work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is unique, and it de­pends on how we vibe in the stu­dio.”

Although Mnyango has en­joyed col­lab­o­rat­ing with other mu­si­cians, he says the high­light of his ca­reer was when he re­leased his al­bum Ar­ti­ifact in Septem­ber, which was the num­ber one seller on iTunes in South Africa at the time.

He ad­mits he re­ceived di­rec­tion from his col­leagues, which he says has proved in­valu­able in his ca­reer.

The best ad­vice he ever re­ceived came from his man­ager, AKA and Omar­ion. “They told me that I must make mu­sic I en­joy.”

His ad­vice to oth­ers who as­pire to fol­low in his foot­steps is sim­ple: “Re­alise your dreams, stay fo­cused, don’t be de­terred by neg­a­tive en­ergy.”

FO­CUSED: The best ad­vice rap­per Anatii re­ceived is to pro­duce mu­sic he en­joys.

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