Magic Music Sessions Returns!

Dulcet artists from all walks of life, will be serenading audiences at the Magic Music Sessions, which returns with a 2-Day Afro Soul Edition. Following the hugely successful Gospel leg of Magic Music Sessions that took place, many can be anticipate for a Magic Music Sessions Afro Soul edition, which is set to take place as a two-day event in the month of August at Sun Arena, Time Square in Tshwane.

The two shows will take place on Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August.

Celebrating six years of memorable musical experiences, this year sees Magic Music Sessions taking the audience on a journey that will shine a light on Afro Soul sounds showcased by seasoned South African artists. The event prides itself in being a massive production that incorporates live music accompanied by live bands.

The fantastic line-up includes the likes of: Mafikizolo, Zonke, Dr Winnie Mashaba, Elaine, Sjava, Lloyiso, Amanda Black, Big Zulu, Nomfundo Moh, Langa Mavuso, Ayanda Jiya and Aubrey Qwana.

Hosted by well-known and loved Digital Creator and MC, Sipho Alphi Mkhwanazi, the shows will be an experience to remember.

The Magic Music Sessions event is extra special because of all the live elements and stellar performances by the talented artists. It is a show that generally sells out and we believe this is because the audience really loves the experience that the event offers.” says Executive Director at Vertex Events, Thato Segaole.

The tickets for both shows are now available from between R250 and R650 on Webtickets –
http://www.webtickets.co.za and at PicknPay stores nationwide. Doors will open at 5PM on Friday and at 3PM on Saturday.

For updates and more information, follow the Vertex Events on socials:

Instagram: @vertexeventssa
Twitter: @VertexEvents
Facebook: @VertexEvents

Keep up with all the performing artists on socials:

@mafikizolo_africa
@zonkemusic
@winnie_mashaba
@elaineofficial_
@sjava_atm
@amandablacksa
@bigzulu_sa
@lloyiso_rsa
@iamnomfundomoh
@langamav
@ayanda_jiya
@aubreyqwana

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For media enquiries please contact Bridgette Makhela on 076 578 5277 or email bkoolmedia@gmail.com

BoomTown back for Durban July 2022

Glamorous outfits, champagne flowing, music created for lasting memories. The famous marquee that gets everyone excited, Boomtown presented by Heineken is back for the 12th year at the Hollywood Bets Durban July 2022!

This Marquee is widely recognised for consistently providing the ultimate in expert hospitality, and world class stage & lighting complimented by Mzansi’s top musical artists.

This year’s Marquee welcomes new exciting experiential attractions, and all the who’s who of the Hollywoodbets Durban July.

The line up will be comprising of artists from Sjava, Culoe De Song, Kelvin Momo, Shekinah, Ami Faku, Kyeezi, Nelz ft Nadia Nakai & Moozlie and many others.

Now ask yourself, do you want to miss out on a spectacular line up such as this?

If you would like to purchase tickets to the marquee, the prices are listed as follows:

GENERAL
R850 pp inc vat

VIP
R2900 pp inc vat

VVIP
R3900 pp inc vat

Join the #1 Marquee experience as we celebrate BoomTown presented by Heineken 2022.

Mohale: On The Record • A Showmax Original

In the world of entertainment, a lot can transpire and change the lives of many. As a public figure, whether it is positive or negative – you are in the eyes of the public. Your life is everyone’s entertainment!

This was a big lesson that Mohale Motaung has had to endure through, especially when it came to his public relationship with his former partner, Somizi Mhlongo.

A Showmax Original titled “Mohale: On the Record“, a tell-all interview between Mohale Motaung and Aldrin Sampear, host of “Unfiltered” on SABC 3 and the drive time show “Beyond The Headline” on SAFM, will premiere on 4 August 2022, first on Showmax.

As Aldrin says, “As a queer person, their union has been a celebration of what many would love to achieve but, because of societal norms, have struggled to. Some of us even lived our fantasies through their love story and became invested in it.”

Sadly, their relationship wasn’t the fairytale union it seemed. This became clear when the audio of an off-the-record interview with Mohale was leaked in August 2021, including allegations of how Somizi physically abused him.

Much has been said about the impact of these allegations on Somizi, who took time off from Idols and Metro FM as a result, but is now back on the cover of True Love this month and sharing his side of the story in Living the Dream With Somizi S5 on Showmax.

However, much less has been said about how the alleged abuse, the leak, and the pending divorce has impacted Mohale.

This sit-down is an opportunity to hear Mohale’s version of their union, and now, its cracks,” says Aldrin.


“A lot has been said about me, both true and untrue,” says Mohale.

“I initially had no intentions to publicly speak of the events that have occurred, due to an agreement I had with the other parties involved. But when the agreement was dishonoured by the other party, it became paramount that I tell my truth as I know it. With all the misinformation in the public domain, it is my responsibility to correct any propaganda as I represent not only myself, but those that may have experienced a story similar to mine. I would also like people to truly get to know me for who I am, as opposed to who they have assumed me to be.”

“Having told the story of the wedding, we wanted to explore everything that followed,” says Candice Fanguiero, head of content at Showmax. “Living The Dream With Somizi S5 is currently the most popular title on Showmax but it’s just one perspective, so we’re now adding Mohale’s voice so he can speak for himself in this special.”

All we can really do is only await with baited breath for this tell all and hear Mohale’s version of events. This documentary is sure to create waves amongst many.

Mohale: On the Record is being produced by Teddy Geldart’s Dopezuluboi Productions (2021 SAFTA nominee Lebo M: Coming Home and S5 of Living The Dream With Somizi).

Kelly Rowland partners up with Brutal Fruit

International Singer, Songwriter and Author superstar Kelly Rowland has partnered up with alcoholic brand Brutal Fruit for their latest campaign titled “You Belong“.

The “You Belong” campaign speaks on the empowerment of women, reminding them of the power they posses in the environment they exist in and how they can manoeuvre around to be greater.

Images Sourced from: Brutal Fruit Twitter

To further unpack this momentous occasion, according to Brutal Fruit, the advertisement is about “Women, for women, It’s the heart of who we are as Brutal Fruit Spritzer and a reminder that you are more powerful than you think.”

A notion that Rowland can gladly testify to, as she is a beautiful example of how to overcome several adversities and become a powerhouse for all to marvel at.

All we can say is that the mystery has finally been resolved after many were quite confused as to what the superstar was doing in South Africa. We can’t wait to see more of these beautiful moments that Brutal Fruit will have in store for us.

To check out the video of the “You Belong” campaign:

https://bit.ly/38TRiB3

Third season for Shanya’na nge White Star

Launched in 2020, popular music showcase “Shanya’na ngeWhite Star” meaning “shine with white star” kept everyone entertained during Covid, is back for a third season.

To add flavour to this year’s campaign, it is kicking off with two live and exclusive musical experiences, the first in Johannesburg on 12 May followed by Durban on 21 May. These live events will be followed by a 13-week series on Metro FM, which will be live streamed on social media and will also give fans the opportunity to win R5000 cash prize per episode.

The Metro FM campaign will again feature 13 of the freshest talent to come out of Mzansi, including the hip and happening Kekelingo, Nomfundo Mo, Zuko SA and many more. And, as in the first two seasons, it will give fans an opportunity to follow their performances on social media.

White Star has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with local artists,” says Mokhele Makhothi, the Marketing Manager of South Africa’s leading maize meal brand.

During the various phases of lockdown, we wanted to extend that support by creating an opportunity for local artists to partake in the campaign and earn income, while also to lightening the mood in the country. The initiative has been so successful that we’ve decided to continue with it, giving new talent a national platform and keeping fellow South Africans entertained and close to the heart of local music.” Makhothi explains.

The first Shay’na nge White Star experience, which kicked off in September 2020, featured a sponsorship of Metro FM’s Sunday Soul Therapy with Msizi Shembe. During the #Shay’na ngeWhite Star hour, the station played only local music and but also gave local musicians an opportunity to re-connect with their fans through live streaming of their performances on social media.


Some of the top-charting hitmakers to benefit from this include the likes of Langa Mavuso, Ami Faku, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Simmi, Encore, Soul Kulture, Ayanda Jiya, Zarcia, Mlindo, Manana, Karabo, Nomcebo, Zoe Modiga and Mpho Sebina.

Now in an extended format, Shay’na nge White Star will continue to boost local artists and provide an exciting and engaging experience for fans. At each musical experience, lucky fans will get to be part of the live audience and to meet their favourite artists – with all Covid-related protocols observed!


As always, musicians and singers will benefit from being featured on the playlists as well as from the streaming and downloads of their music,” says Makhothi. “The idea behind the campaign is that the more South Africans listen to and support local music, the more local content will be played on radio and TV, helping all our favourite artists to emerge from the dry season caused by Covid.”



White Star has been a supporter of the local music industry right from the start. Since 1999, music has been an integral part to White Star’s identity, with the brand being aligned with popular music shows such as Macufe, DrumBeat and the Moretele Park Tribute Concert.



Makhothi explains “With this initiative, we are also appealing to other stations to add more South African content to their playlists and for TV shows to feature videos and live performances by local artists. Music is woven into our culture and every show, every streaming and every download will contribute towards keeping our vibrant and exceptional music industry afloat.”


Makhothi also adds “Shay’na ngeWhite Star was created to bring the beat back into our lives at a very difficult time in our history and we aim to take that momentum forward now. We’re inviting all South Africans to share in the experience, to move to the beat and to shine. Local is lekker. Let’s celebrate that!

Dlala Thukzin One Man Concert Phenomenon

Lamontville born record label founder, DJ and Producer Thuthuka Zindlovu, popularly known as ‘Dlala Thukzin’, will be having his first “one-man concert” on 01 May 2022 at Berea Rovers near Kings Park Stadium.

Not only will this be his first time to achieve such within his career but this historic moment is quite massive for the city of Durban. This is definitely a treat that many should not miss out on!

As a person who is a firm believer in collaborating with others, he will not be alone as other magnificent artists will be present at the “one man concert”, these include: Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha, Kweyama Brothers, Zaba, DJ Tira, Wobbly, Junior De Rocka, Distruction Boyz, Sithelo, Dladla Mshunqisi, Lvovo and many more fantastic artists who will be apart of this historic event.

While the excitement is definitely in the air for all of this, many cannot forget about the devastating floods that took place across the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. As a result of this, many lives were lost and people have been displaced through losing their homes.

Through the plea to assist those who have lost quite a lot through the KZN flooding, Dlala Thukzin and his team have asked people to donate what they can to help alleviate the situation taking place in the province.

“I am excited for this historic moment as it is quite a big achievement for me within my career. Aside from all of this, I want to help those that have suffered immensely from the KZN flooding, through this event I wish to achieve that!” he explains.

It is only a matter of time till the City of Durban gets to experience the Dlala Thukzin “One Man Concert” and it would be big mistake for one not to be present at this momentous occasion.

To purchase your ticket, click on the link below:

https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1513299085

Honourable mentions of 2022

Written by: Simphiwe Mtshali

Music over the past two years has been in regular rotation, across all genres, with sounds of quality and potential classics despite the global pandemic of COVID-19.

The art, craftsmanship and unique ability of bringing music to life, is exactly what we got during this pandemic from upcoming, new as well as old artists meaning that 2022 will be the year audiences get to enjoy this elevated experience of new music. However, it would be unjust if there is not a mention of a few names that might take the music space by storm and put it on notice.

Social networks and social media platforms were great tools to share new music, break out new music from upcoming artists, as well as showcase music despite being in a pandemic. With the easing of restrictions small gatherings were starting to pop up such private location parties and roof top parties with artists stepping up to the opportunity, which meant more unknown artists were being showcased, new fusion genres as well as different sounds being introduced.

In essence 2022, there a few names to be on the lookout for and these are few of that deserve a mention.


Zakes Bantwini:



Towards the end of the previous year a new fusion called “Afrotech”, was starting to pick up pace introduced by Zakes Bantwini with “Osama“, a hit off his latest offering “Ghetto King” but the one hit that become an anthem was “iMali“. With many exclusive events, as well as social media visuals blasting this single in through their content it soon become a song flowing through the airwaves despite it being a new release. A collaboration between Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini featuring Nana Atta was the introduction of Karyendasoul to the mainstream music market as well as the sound of “Afrotech“.

Karyendasou:

Bonga Ntozini also known as “Karyendasou” is a multi-talented music producer and a DJ from Nqamakwe in the Eastern Cape, who has also worked Black coffee. His hit “iMali” has given the house audience someone to look at for who is on the rise and could be offering many more house anthems in the near future.

Bongesizwe Mabandla:

Photo: Dan Carter

Musical storytelling is an attribute of music that has grown at steady rate because of the difficulty of fusing soulful sound with capturing lyrics which is what Bongesizwe Mabandla brings to the table through his neo-soul sound.

Bongesizwe Mabandla is a singer and a guitarist from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, who taken his talents from the humble shores of Durban to places like Spain, France, Netherlands and England. With his latest offering “Iimini“, which has a lovely single called “Zange” that’s exposed the neo-soul sound for its true beauty and allowed his audience to enjoy his music through a fusion of capturing lyrics, as well as a clean soulful sound. The pandemic might have interrupted the momentum of his international tour but his wholesome sound echoes through African regions to the seas of Europe. As the neo-soul genre continues to evolve Bongesizwe Mabandla is definitely a pioneer of this genre.

Nomfundo Moh:

Photo: Malwandla Rikhotso

The genre of afro-soul was rocked by Nomfundo Moh who gave an instant hit with “Phakade Lami” which dominated the airwaves over the festive season. Nomfundo Ngcobo better known as “Nomfundo Moh” from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, is a songwriter and vocalist within the afro-soul genre. Her collaboration with Ami Faku and Sha Sha given the market a breakout single that has made enough to keep the anticipation for her upcoming album at a peak as well as being keen to explore her catalogue within the Afro-pop genre.


Ntencane:

Maskandi has claimed its place in the mainstream market with social media platforms encouraging the use of this genre of music especially on Tik-Tok and Instagram videos, as well as WhatsApp status videos which has a positive effect on the commercial use of the genre.

Senzo Zondi, also known as “Ntencane”, is from Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal furthermore he is a singer, producer and songwriter as well as a social media sensation through his single “Bayangisabawela“. This single has been trending across all social media platforms leading to more exposure to the genre, growth in audience and giving Maskandi a better online presence.

In the year 2022 we can expect many more surprises, a better refined sound across all genres but most importantly, let’s keep an eye out for all these artists mention above and allow them a chance to give an introduction to a new sound.

Maintaining the influence with Cneh Sugah

From her sublime visuals of her travels and everyday living to the hilarious commentary that she showcases on her social media, dazzling Durban influencer Cneh Sugah real name Sinethemba Duma makes everyone want to be a part of her world.

Witnessing her passion of content creation and the consistency of ensuring that her audience are fulfilled by what she offers, it comes as no surprise why many love and support all the work that she does.


Mr Price, Old Khaki, African Bank, Vawter are just some of the illustrious brands that she has collaborated with in her line of work. Justifiably so, you would think that as an influencer it is all peachy and she faces no struggle in her lane, yet that is far from the truth.

At one stage, she had lost all of her work due to her account being hacked which resulted in her to restart from scratch but with the persistence and patience that she had, her comeback was stronger and better than before. In all of this, Cneh Sugah being the maverick that she is, she continues to deliver exceedingly well and we can’t help but ponder “What goes on in the world according to Cneh Sugah?”


What do you enjoy about your line of work?

I truly enjoy that I can be ME! I do not have to change myself for anyone; I love the freedom that comes with creating. Not only do I get paid for my work, but my work fulfils me. It’s amazing being able to be fulfilled by a job.

Which brands have you enjoyed collaborating with?

Wow there are SOO many, however, my top 5 so far (in no particular order) have been the following:

Mr Price Group: Apparel and Home
Old Khaki
Smirnoff
Snowflake
African Bank

What do you feel is biggest misconception that people have about you?

The biggest one is that I’m extroverted (based on what I post on my social media pages)
I’m an introvert that keeps to herself most of the time, I’m actually shy and usually use my platforms to express myself better.


With the line of work that you do, what in your opinion needs to change about it?

Inclusion! Many amazing creators are not getting opportunities because brands are adamant on using the same people. I understand why brands do this – it’s just easier.

However, I believe they are missing out on amazing creators which come with amazing ideas. There’s too much focus on numbers, as much as numbers are important, I believe creativity outweighs numbers.


Which brands/individuals else do you wish to collaborate with in future? 


Car brands: Suzuki, Mazda, Mercedes

Electronics: Samsung (I’ve worked with them before but I’d like to do TV’s and other devices), SMEG, Hisense, LG, Canon, SONY.

Clothing: Poetry, Witchery, Nike, Rich Mnisi, MaXhosa, Superbalist.

Any food, alcohol, restaurant, or travel experience is something I’m not picky about because I love eating and trying new things and experiences. Airbnb and Capital Hotels would also be amazing because I love these companies.

Beauty: Jabu Stone, Vaseline, Revlon, Maybelline, Clinique.

Individuals: Kay Yarms, Lwandile and TK, Pamela Mtanga.


Any advice you would like to give to budding social media influencers?

Be unique! Do not try to imitate anyone else because it’s hard to live a life you cannot resonate with. Stay true to yourself and you’ll see the opportunities come to you.


Do not create for the moneyCreate because you love creating. They’ll be times when you won’t have good months, and your love for creating will keep you going. If money is always your focus, you’ll get demotivated quickly.

JUST START! Use what you have, as time goes, you’ll be able to buy better equipment. I started with my phone and shot most my content at home; I improvised and made it work.

Like any other job, it’s important to always sharpen your skills. Do research and practise to improve your craft (Learn how to edit better, do online short courses basically try different methods) and ALWAYS do your best.

What kind of equipment would you recommend for a newcomer?


– A good phone with a decent camera (it doesn’t have to be expensive).

– A ringlight. I believe in natural lighting, but sometimes additional lighting is KEY for better quality content.

– Not equipment, but download editing apps onto your phone.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like exploring and trying out new spaces and places, also I sleep!


Who are your favourite influencers?

Kay Yarms, Sibu Mpanza, Okay Wasabi, Patricia Blacc, Zol Freckles, Urban Eddie, Thobi Rose, Pamela Mtanga, Prince Nhlengethwa, Sikelela Siki, Lwandile and TK Matakanye, Masa Diamond, Pamzokuhle and so many more!


What else can we expect from you in future?

– Growth of my brand.
– I am looking into branching out to YouTube and photography. 
– Tapping into other industries.


In the digital era that we exist in, it is no secret that influencers hold massive cultural currency, depending on their social standing, they are able to convert opinions and create change from the environment they exist in. This is exactly why they need to be respected, for the amount of energy they put within their work.


Ensuring that each and every message that they put out to their audience is well received and they also receive feedback from their audience, in order to improve on their craft of course. Cneh Sugah has done incredibly in this regard and with each level that she progresses in with her journey, we all will be with her every step of the way.


To follow all the lastest updates from Cneh Sugah, her social media handles are:

Twitter: @cnehshuga
Instagram: @cneh_shuga
Blog: http://cneh.home.blog
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/sne.s.duma

Images sourced from Instagram.

Behind the mic with General Njiniyela

Aside from the breath taking natural scenic views, the vibrant diverse cultures to exist and overall delicious cuisines located in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) – the one thing that you can be guarantee on, that will leave your soul feeling elated is the creative talent.

Sensational Podcaster Musa Langa better known as “General Njiniyela“, host of the eccentric platform – General Njiniyela Podcast Sessions (GNPS) profiles KZN creatives from all walks of life who have had an impact on society, from their work in their own way. Episode by episode, it breaks down the stereotype that many have argued that the province lacks a support structure for creatives to speak and document their journey.

It is no coincidence that many gravitate towards his podcast, the raw and in-depth stories from the plethora of KZN creatives who share their experiences, gives a greater understanding of what it truly means to be a creative from KZN – a badge of honour that many dismiss with great ease.

Mimicking his warm aura and energetic presence that he presents on his platform, all that can be said is:

“Hello and welcome to the world according to General Njiniyela!”

What do you enjoy about your podcast?

I enjoy meeting and getting to know new people, since most of my guests are not popular guest like guests you’d find in most podcasts. So one thing I always guarantee about each episode is that my audience will have first access to get to know someone to get to know someone who’ll potentially be as popular as the guests in other podcasts.

I also enjoy seeing them progress in their career, past them being on the podcast.

Why did you specifically focus on Durban creatives?

Why not focus on Durban?
If you look at the current crop of widely popular artists in the entertainment industry, majority were once based in KZN, specifically Durban – which is why I say the “sauce” resides here in KZN and we deserve to have our own platforms that document and promote these brands.

This will allow artists to reside and flourish countrywide while here in DBN. To back this, I’ll mention a few artists who once resided here and now are considered major brands in the entertainment business, they are: Black Coffee, Pearl Thusi, DJ Zinhle,Nomzamo Mbatha, Zakes Bantwini, Thuso Mbedu and DJ Tira.

In 5 years time, where do you see your podcast going?

In 5 years, I feel we’ll be a household platform in Durban.

What are the challenges that you have faced with regards to the GNPS Podcast eg: Guests not pitching up?

The biggest challenge for me right now is just balancing my 9 to 5, podcasting and running the events business with my wife.

Give us 3 guest interviews that you really thoroughly enjoyed and why?

I’ve enjoyed majority of the episodes I’ve produced to be honest but I do have episodes where we would have technical difficulties during the recording or post production. It’s very painful because it would happen on episodes that I’d consider to be some of my best work.

Since you are a person that interviews quite a lot of Durban creatives, what do you feel that Durban creatives could do to make a good name for themselves i.e: Have media kits on standby and take their crafts seriously.

Consistency! That’s the one thing I feel let’s most of us down. If creatives can find a way to be consistent – no matter what the current results are. If you’re consistent at something, you’re bound to stand out amongst everyone doing that thing.

What could the creative industry do to support Durban Creatives?

If Durban creatives write and work together, the corporate industry will support Durban creatives. If we continue to work silos as we are right now, we’ll continue to to struggle as we are right now.

Your wishlist of guests that you want to interview?

It would be former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, former South African President Jacob Zuma, former Bafana Bafana Player Lucas Radebe, South African Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi, Media Personality Linda Sibiya, EFF Leader Julius Malema, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Actress Sindi Dlathu.

What was the reason for the actual Podcast? Also why the name GNPS?

‘GNPS’ stands for “General Njiniyela Podcast Sessions“, the reason for the podcast is simply to give KZN youth a voice and also help launch a KZN Television network that is owned by people that have been born and bred here in KZN.

This way the people of KZN will be able to tell and document their own history. Since we not only cater to artists only but also small business owners, leaders various industries in KZN.

Your advice to those who wish to follow in your footsteps?

It would be to do the necessary and thorough research on what is needed to start. Once you have started, don’t stop, create meaningful relationships with people doing what you are doing.

What else can we expect from you in future?

Consistency, growth, innovation and respect.

Are music reviews still going to be a thing that you will continue with?

Yes, most definitely! Music is constant in my life.

General Ninjinyela is on a mission and all we can do is watch his magic unfold right before our very eyes and give appreciation to those who are playing a significant role in making the KZN creative industry become a greater force to be reckoned with.

It’s essential to give credit to those that deserve it and with each form of creation that General Njiniyela does, we know it will be nothing short of perfection.

To follow the all the latest updates from General Njiniyela, you can catch him on:

Facebook: Generali Njiniyela

Twitter: @general_njini

Instagram: @general_njiniyela

Njinga Mpanza: The Icon

If there was a motto which was able to sum up Award Winning KZN Radio and Club DJ, Njinga “The Icon” Mpanza it would be “Achieve, Maintain, Upgrade’’. A motto that he personally lives by and showcases in his line of work, the Gagasi FM Radio and Club DJ, ensures that in all he does, it must be immaculate and leave a great impression to those who are following his footsteps.

Recently, the acting bug has gotten to him where he can be viewed on SABC 1’s “Uzalo” (Home to South Africa’s most viewed television show).

With all this to take in, he also has a platform alongside his partners called “The Network”, one where like minded people come together in a social gathering and mingle . As well as being a father, a role that he takes on with gleaming pride. All that can be said is “Welcome to the ebullient world according to Njinga ‘The Icon’ Mpanza!”

One of your biggest blessings that you emphasize on quite a lot is your daughter, would you say that she is the source of your inspiration in all that you do?

Letlotlo is the source of my joy & light, my beautiful daughter is the reason I am becoming a more positive & responsible person, however, the source of my inspiration is my goal. I want to become one of the most influential people of our time one day, for personal reasons. Whether in SA, Africa or the world. My beautiful daughter does remind me to be great everyday though!

Looking at your journey, you started from Durban Youth Radio (D.Y.R) and currently you are at Gagasi FM, how have you felt about that transition?

It was a paradox at first, as I was extremely ready to join the ‘Big G‘ because I came from an English only station. Gagasi FM is a bilingual station so when I came speaking English only, some listeners kept asking me why do I keep talking in English (laughs). After that feedback from the listeners, I adjusted and it became smoother.

You have faced many hurdles in your career, as a creative what do you do to stay motivated and keep on pushing your craft?

That’s a great question. I ask myself a question, ‘Njinga, how bad do you want this?’ and the answer is always the same, ‘I WANT IT BAD – So let’s get it!’ That’s my motivation when the going gets tough. You have to always remember why you’re here and what you are doing.

Now let’s unpack your radio interviews, what has been the most challenging interview you have had to do and how did you overcome it?

I’d say most ‘big’ artists are really hard to do because you have to go through a few people before actually getting the chance to request an interview. I’d say Sho Madjozi was the most challenging because I had to speak to about 5 or 6 people just to get to her manager.

Be honest, have you ever been star struck from any of the guests you have had on your show? Who was it?

(Laughs) All the time! I’m a big fan of music and because of the type of show I host, the Urban Top 30, I get to conversate with artists whose music I genuinely like. I’d say chatting with Black Coffee & Zakes Bantwini were personal highlights for me purely because of how their music impacted me when I was growing up. However, I ALWAYS get starstruck, it’s embarrassing actually.

What in your view is the greatest accomplishment that you have had this far in your career?

That’s another great question. I’d say it’s starting. Plenty of people don’t know this but I took a MASSIVE leap of faith back in 2015. I quit my job and decided to take on entertainment wholeheartedly. It was one of the dumbest and BEST decisions I could have ever made. To answer your question, monetizing my dream is my biggest accomplishment, everything else is a huge bonus.

There is always a big concern when it comes to radio that it is a dying form of media due to new forms of media coming up i.e: Podcasts, what is your view of this statement?

I don’t think radio will ever die. Radio is live, interactive & current. A radio host can talk about something as its happening while listeners call in to add to the dialogue, NOW! All happening now in real time. No edits or do overs. Once you say something on air, you can’t edit it out. Podcasts are GREAT but by the time you’re done recording, editing & uploading your podcast, it’s already old news.

Think of it like a newspaper, but visual. To answer your question podcasts are here to stay, but so is radio.

You have an event called “The Network” please unpack on this fantastic platform and how has it worked out for you?

The concept of ‘The Network’ keeps evolving. As surface level, the Executive Partners on board and I host events. On a deeper level, we are a marketing & media organisation however, sticking to the surface level, we host concept events for creatives & young professionals.

We’ve hosted 3 events so far at Origin & we will be hosting more at different locations to deliver a variety of social experiences. A big s/O to our DJs:

– African November
– Cannon Le Rod
– Zeedah
– DJ Flair
– DJ Musique
– Sphe Live

What else can we expect from you in the future?


(Laughs) I really don’t know. Only God above can truly answer this question. I am an artist so expect art from me. I’m never in control of where my passion leads me but it will always be something that has to do with entertaining people. That’s what I love to do, to entertain.

What is your advice to those who wish to follow in your footstep?


Money must not be the result of your goal, money must be the consequence of your goal!”

There is nothing more inspiring than watching the underdog achieve their dream bit by bit, which makes the hopes of many people who share the same aspirations believe that their dreams are achievable. Njinga” The Icon” Mpanza is proof of this and at the pace he is going at, we can only imagine what other glass ceiling he will break in the future. 


To follow Njinga “The Icon” Mpanza and all of his activities, you can follow him on the following social media platforms:


@njingampanza

@the_networkza

@icon_za 

@viyo.apparel.za

www.njingam.co.za