Making music he hears in his head
I had the pleasure of interviewing producer and Empangeni-native Muzi almost exactly two years ago when his career was still in its infancy. At the time, Muzi had gained popularity through recording and releasing remixes of popular songs on his Soundcloud page. Muzi has been making electro beats since he was 13, years back in Empangeni when his mom bought him and his brother their first PC. His brother installed Fruity Loops on the PC and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast forward to 2016 and Muzi has become a torchbearer for the South African electronic scene since relocating to Berlin, Germany and making a name for himself on the international circuit.
He just released his debut, full length album Boom Shaka through his own label WE.THE.BUNDU consisting of 11 songs he produced from scratch. The album has been release via Berlin-based label !K7 Records and will receive support from Sony Music in sub-Saharan Africa, which Muzi is signed to. His signature sound, dubbed “afro-electro” by Pulse Radio, is an eclectic blend of dubstep, trap and kwaito and sees him reaching a creative place where he can just make music he hears in his head.
From the dubstep heavy titled track “Boom Shaka” to the hamba juba sampling, electro banger “Ukusa”, Muzi takes us on a journey through the mind of a prodigy who seems to have only barely scratched the surface of his musical prowess. Not only is the album available digitally and through physical copies, but Muzi has also printed a limited number of vinyl copies.