Rising young star, Mthunzi has released a new album titled, Selimathunzi.
After the release of the hit singles “Vuka” and “Insimbi X Sun-El Musician” last year, which earned him a fast-growing following, up and coming young artist Mthunzi has announced the release of his debut album titled SELIMATHUNZI, which means sunset in isiZulu, the album is presented in the singer’s native tongue and boasts an experimental sound that fuses various genres.
“As Africans we must take pride in our heritage and we must present to the world our own style of music; singing in our own vernacular does just that,” says the new kid on the block. “I hope listeners will receive and appreciate my music without limitations.”
A hybrid of Maskandi, House, Afro-pop and R&B, SELIMATHUNZI features 16 tracks, which was written by the artist with the support of a number of featured artists: Sun-El Musician, Simmy, Ami Faku, S-Tone, Sino Msolo and Claudio X Kenza. Nine months in the making, the young singer says the album was inspired by music from around the world.
While Mthunzi describes each song as special, the one closest to his heart is Phondo Olukhulu, a song of appreciation dedicated to the El World Music family – he signed with El World Music in 2017. He believes, however, that Ngibambe La, which boasts an exciting experimental sound, has great potential to be a hit.
The rising local star, who comes from Hammarsdale, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal, believes that music is a gift given to him by God. It was his mother who first discovered his gift and who encouraged him to develop it and share it with the world. “Music is my life. I have been perfecting my musical gift from a very young age, by playing various instruments and performing in my community. It has been a rollercoaster journey with many challenges, but I have persevered,” he says.