Yanga Nxele, popularly known by his stage name Yanga ManNMZ, from the informal settlement of Makause, is about to release his second EP.
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The hip-hop sensation will release his long-awaited EP, titled 2003 Flows The Narrator, on July 2.
Following the success of his debut EP, released in 2018 and titled Reading Between the Lines, the Kwa-Zulu Natal creator is confident his latest project will take him to new heights.
“I grew up listening to motivational speakers and reading motivational quotes and messages,” Nxele said.
“I started to believe in the power of words. Words have the power to change the world,” he said.
“Music has been part of me since I was young, but first I fell in love with poetry.
“In poetry, it is important that you know how to put your words together. Poetry and music have become my form of expression.
“In 2015, my friends were involved in drug use and other risky behaviors. The only way to reach them was through music,” Nxele said.
He started recording with a cell phone.
“In 2018, I met music producer Hopeson ‘Mr One’ Dzampana from Malawi. We worked together and released a single called Legendary,” Nxele said.
“The single was well received. I played around Germiston. The EP then followed the single, with five tracks. We recorded the EP in one day,” Nxele said.
He collaborated with singer Angel on the song My hot spot.
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Sonneke Pypers, known by her stage name as MystiQ the Mysterious, played a pivotal role in Nxele’s musical career.
“She taught me the business side of music. I didn’t know I could generate income without being signed to a record label,” he said.
“I am now a registered artist in online music stores thanks to MystiQ,” Nxele said.