Nathi is an inspiration anybody far or near can emulate. The new king of Afro-soul tells the story an ordinary South African can relate to. I don’t know how I found his work, but, I don’t regret listening to songs from the Eastern Cape-born singer Nathi Mankayi who managed to capture the hearts of many South Africans and me with his latest single, Nomvula!
The first time I shared the song, I wanted readers to get up close with the beautiful lyrics from the song I’ve been buzzing about since, the song about Nathi’s dream girl.
This time, I would like to tell a little story from the Nomvula hit-maker, Nathi Mankyi who managed to turn over a new leaf after serving 4 years in prison for robbery. He bounced back with a hit song Nomvula and an album which enabled him to showcase his polished talent and his desire to pursue music to the rest of world and he has since been on the lips of fans.
Nathi’s album, Buyelekhaya has sold over 100 000 copies so far! An impressive way to start the journey considering how hard it takes to sell album copies these days and his life story, when music is the language, everything else works fine. “Nomvula” is my personal favourite off the “Buyel’ekhaya” album although I enjoyed “Liziwe”, “Ezweni” and “Imizamo Yam” Nomvula is all about yearning for that dream love and it has a great melodic composition with an amazing song structure that influences thoughts leaving you little space to realise you don’t even understand the language used! A Soulful hit single off his album, I must say.
When it comes to music and support, it’s always best to get “home support” first before any other space accommodates you. South Africans have been very supportive in his coming this far. Even after the popular Bonang Matheba released the song on her show “The Front Row” at Metro FM, she later referred to herself as ‘Nomvula’ by changing her Instagram name to “Bonang Nomvula Matheba.” Nathi has amazing fans who love his work and feel he is a breath of fresh air in the South African music industry. I think so too. Now I need to learn me some Xhosa to compliment my tone when singing.
Listen, share and watch the much-talked about song’s video. The video has great shots filmed in the Eastern Cape on seven different locations.
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