Star singer to remix hit with 3-year-old fan

Toddler’s ver­sion of song ‘Nomvula’ de­lights fam­ily by go­ing vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, writes ASANDA SOKANYILE

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

SINGING sen­sa­tion Nathi Mankayi is record­ing a remix of his hit song Nomvula with a three-year-old fan. Mthombo Ndibaza caught Mankayi’s at­ten­tion when a YouTube video of the lit­tle boy singing Nomvula went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia and was shared on Face­book, In­sta­gram and tweeted about on Twit­ter.

A gar­dener recorded Mthombo singing the song while wait­ing for his checkup at a clinic in King Wil­liam’s Town.

Mthombo’s aunt, Lu­sanda Ndibaza, told Week­end Ar­gus that the fam­ily was as­ton­ished the video had be­come so pop­u­lar and they had no idea that it would lead to Mankayi record­ing a remix of the song with her nephew.

“We were just hav­ing fun when we took that clip of him singing Nomvula. He loves Nathi’s mu­sic so much, he sings along to it all the time. I guess peo­ple just saw this cute boy singing and one per­son sent it to the next per­son on What­sApp and so it went un­til some­one put it up on YouTube.

“We’ve never had any­one fa­mous in our fam­ily. We were shocked and ner­vous when the video was put up.”

Ndibaza said al­though Mthombo was only 3 and “doesn’t re­ally un­der­stand what the hype is about, he is happy to have met Nathi”.

Mthombo and Mankayi met last Satur­day at the ra­dio sta­tion Tru FM’s Tru tal­ent awards in the East­ern Cape.

Ndibaza, who lives with Mthombo in Zwelit­sha, said she had not be­lieved it when the young­ster was in­vited on to the show.

“Mthombo was so ex­cited to meet his idol and per­form with him. The fam­ily was so proud of the lit­tle boy was the amount of tal­ent he has. We never had an op­por­tu­nity for our tal­ents to be recog­nised at such a young age, so I am happy to have been able to give Mthombo this plat­form. We have started work­ing on a house remix. The song won’t change much, but we have added a twist with Mthombo and the fi­nal prod­uct will sound amaz­ing.”

Mankayi also felt emo­tional when he re­alised that Mthombo knew all 10 songs on his al­bum. He would love to record more mu­sic with him in the near fu­ture.

“He is so young and yet so ta­lented, I would love to work with him when he is older be­cause he has shown what he is ca­pa­ble of. He may not grasp the level of his tal­ent just yet, but hope­fully one day he will re­alise just how amaz­ing he is,” Mankayi said.

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