THEY ARE BACK
The two South African Kwaito stars talk about their great come back in the industry.
In 20 years, Mzambiya (Nkosinathi Zwane) and Msawawa (Siboniso Dlamini) reunite in style, hitting back into the industry with their first single, Imoto Ka Shukela. The two talented kwaito stars rose into the music industry at very young ages as Mzambiya was only 11 years and Msawawa was 9 years old and became the youngest Kwaito artists in South Africa. They share with Empowered Youth what they have been up to and more of their music career.
Mzambiya was discovered by Nimrod Nkosi in the days of Jam Alley and took on the music industry with his hit song “Kumele Senzeni”. Making it big as he was also featured in Msawawa’s well-known hit song “Wawungakanani” as well as Mshoza’s “Kortes”.
The young stars made headlines in the country with their magnificent talent and inspired many young people who thought there were limits in going for own dreams. “The only thing I wanted was just to be on stage and being obedient to God’s calling. I have always believed that my being popular was not necessarily for me, but for changing lives,” says Mzambiya. ”I am tremendously glad that I brought hope to many young people and have served my purpose”.
Whilst Mzambiya was in the trend, Msawawa also took the industry by storm with his hit,
Wawungakanani, in 2001, which is still our all-time favourite. Known for his jumping out of a sports bag, Msawawa has always had his great ways of outperforming his elder fellow stars and scooped himself a Metro FM Music Award for best newcomer category in 2002. “It actually played an epic role even though I did not know what was what as a young boy and I only cared about being on television,” says Msawawa. With their passion and love for their music, the two stars gave the best to what their fans expected, though they were young and did not know much of how it was. “For me, music is actually not business, but something I have always loved as I started as a dancer,” says Msawawa.
TAKING A BREAK FROM MUSIC:
After so much recognition and creating themselves big names, the two stars shifted off on break from music. Speaking about taking a break from music, Mzambiya says he ventured into other businesses and worked in the construction industry for two years. “Life can throw a whole lot of things, but if you have a vision, you cannot just focus on one thing.” He was also privileged to work for Trans Africa Radio as a content producer intern and more opportunities came as he took over Jika Majika on SABC 1 with Cassandra Steingo after Thembi Seete. The talented Mzambiya returned in 2009 with a banging album titled “Still I Rise”, which was produced my Omen. “It was quite fruitful for me and my producers because we received nominations for best kwaito album and best music video alongside Houza and others.” He says. The ambitious Msawawa relocated to Clermont to focus on his business, although there were rumours spread around about his personal life Msawawa never backslid. “Prayer conquers everything. With God, no negativity shall affect me. God has been there for me as I believe in talking to him through prayer “, he says. The 28 year old star has been running his flourishing nightclub called “Msawawa’s Corner”, which he runs with his family. “My aim was to create something for the family and it worked because my parents manage the business Effectively,” he says. He also created job opportunities for his community residents.
BACK IN THE GAME:
The two stars recently released their single titled “Imoto Ka
Shukela”, which is not kwaito, but gqom. Asked about the reunion, Mzambiya tells Empowered Youth that it has been 20 years since their collaboration after Wawungaka nani, which took the nation by storm. “I just thought it would be nice to link up with him as we had not seen each other for years. I then spoke to Bra Oscar and he loved the idea, though he had a very hectic schedule, he gave it a chance,” he says. Msawawa says it is by the grace of God that they are back with this amazing offer. The two stars have many great translations and emphasis on what the song actually means. Msawawa established a foundation called “Msawawa Youth Charity foundation” which aims at giving back to the community and helping those with talents grow. “As we are now in winter, we will be choosing one school that we will donate jerseys,” he says. Msawawa tells Empowered Youth that he is known as just a musician, but there are many other things that he does. Mzambiya tells Empowered Youth that he will be releasing his last single and will thereafter focus more on producing.
NKOSINATHI AND SIBONISO ARE NOT JUST MUSICIANS, BUT BUSINESSMEN. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR BEING THE FEW EVER PRODUCED KWAITO CHILD STARS.
From left: Young Mzambiya and Msawawa