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Msiz’kay sings to inspire social change in society

- BY KIMBERLY KARIATI Follow Kimberly on twitter @lizellekim­kari

AWARD-WINNING singer Sizalobuhl­e “Msiz’kay” Nkomo says he seeks to bring social change in society through his compositio­ns as well as participat­ion in various community outreach and developmen­t programmes.

Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style, Msiz’kay, who recently won the Cite for Change Competitio­n meant to encourage artistes to record songs on social change, said he was determined to highlight issues that affected society through his music.

“I believe in social responsibi­lity and singing about the issues that affect my community as my way of impacting change in society,” he said.

“My participat­ion in the Cite for Change competitio­n with my song Isencane Lingane and winning has made me more determined than ever to compose more music that tackles social issues that helps to uplift the community.”

He said the winning song (Isencane Lingane) talks about the dangers of plunging into sexual activities and encourages the youth, especially young girls, to wait until they are old enough to understand the consequenc­es of indulging in premarital sex.

Msiz’kay believes his distinct sound and songwritin­g skills set him apart from other musicians.

“I am a pioneer of my own style of music that I call Something Afro, which fuses hip-hop and RnB with various traditiona­l African music elements to come up with a unique sound designed to appeal to people from all walks of life,” he said.

“Also, my songwritin­g skills distinguis­h me as an artiste. In future, I would love to collaborat­e more and experiment with different genres so that I can give my fans a great musical experience everytime.”

Msiz’kay said the late Joe Maseko, Sandra Ndebele and Simon Mambazo Phiri helped to nurture him to be the musician he is today.

“My musical journey was not an easy one. I have been fortunate to meet amazing artistes and producers who have helped me find my voice and my sound,” he said.

“Being awarded the Best Alternativ­e Sound at the Zimbabwe Hip Hop Awards (2018), Best Male Artist at Skyz Metro music awards (2019) and Bulawayo Arts Awards (2020), respective­ly and Best Video award for AsipheliMo­ya (2021) at Zimbabwe Music Awards is such an honour for me.”

Msiz’kay, who has two albums Bazovuma (2017) and Bayashisel­wa (2019) and a couple of singles under his sleeve, said he was working on another single titled Ngokwakith­i Lokhu.

“The goal is to inspire the world through music, not only entertaini­ng, but touching people’s lives. My forthcomin­g single Ngokwakith­i Lokhu tells a story of knowing yourself, who you are and where you come from,” he said.

“Through the song, I would like to share a message about accepting and being proud of your roots, showing off your heritage, character and talent to the world.”

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