Andy Tylo does it for the unity of South Africans

Sowetan - - Timeout - By Em­manuel Tjiya

Mzansi Afrobeat and hip-hop star Andy Tylo is ready for his closeup, after work­ing be­hind-thescene and pro­duc­ing for Mi Casa.

To­day he drops his de­but 10track EP ti­tled Nat­u­rally.

Real name Andy Bophela, the fresh-faced tal­ent is known for his two sin­gles Ni­hamba Nibamba and Dlala Ma­maz, both fea­tur­ing Durban rap­per Cool Prince.

“With this EP I want to unify South Africans; we have been di­vided for a while,” he ex­plains.

“I want to com­pile a uniquely South African sound and ex­port it to other coun­tries. Show them that this is how we speak in Mzansi and this is what we do.

“There is a mix­ture of ver­nac­u­lar and Eng­lish on the al­bum. So I’m pack­ag­ing ev­ery­thing that we have from lan­guage to genre.”

A hot col­lab­o­ra­tion with motswako rap­per Khuli Chana is in the pipe­line. He de­scribes his sound as a fu­sion of Afrobeat and hip hop.

“When I was com­ing out I was play­ing deep house and all of my fans loved hip hop. So I had to make a fu­sion and that’s how I ended up here.”

Be­fore he de­cided to pur­sue mu­sic, Andy ob­tained a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree from Durban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

“Chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing chose me be­cause when I passed my ma­tric I had a lot of dis­tinc­tions.

“You know when that is the case par­ents sort of ex­pect you to be a doc­tor or en­gi­neer. I’m a hard worker and I passed with fly­ing colours.

“After grad­u­at­ing I was like I have made my fam­ily happy and I de­cided to fo­cus on me,” said the Pon­gola-born, north­ern KZN, muso who is the el­dest of five kids.

He lost his dad when he was nine and says his mother’s great hu­mour kept fam­ily go­ing.

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Andy Tylo of­fers his fans a new fu­sion of hip hop and Afrobeat.

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