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Saturday, March 9, 2013


KZN Music House has launched four new albums, which mark the culmination of its Vezikhono (Talent Search) programme, launched in 2009. The albums released in retail outlets this week fall under the categories of Gospel, R & B, Hip Hop and Maskandi.

“Over the past three years we have been involved in our Vezikhono talent search,” says KZN Music House CEO, Thandekile Mqadi. “This programme was established to unleash raw talent among KZN music artists, and has involved extensive workshops and auditions.

“The KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) have created an enabling environment for about 76 artists that have successfully recorded at KZN Music House over this period,” she continues. “Of these, some 46 artists have been discovered through the Vezikhono talent search programme. The programme was carried out following a plea from our provincial and local government to help stem the exodus of most KZN artists migrating to other provinces to seek greener pastures.”

Mqadi indicated that the KZN music industry was growing at an unprecedented rate: “A high calibre of talented young musicians from KZN has taken the music industry by the storm,” she adds. “A notable example is Mbuso Khoza from Eshowe, who recently won the 2013 Metro Award for the best Contemporary Jazz category on his first album release. Mbuso Khoza recorded his first album titled Zilindile at KZN Music House. Such formidable strides ignite a veritable spiral to continue to invest in the creative industry and the development of artists.”

New-found artists appearing on KZN Music House’s Vezikhona Gospel album include Njubulo Mkhize, Born Again, Boys in Action, Sbelo Sithole, Joy Singers and Nkosinathi Mdletshe. The company’s hot property new Hip Hop album features numbers by MC Cool, Enhle, Mkonto, Alkozholiks, MID, LUS, Norti-Bori Kru, Lammeek and Bazooka.

Common Ground is the freshly discovered group featured on the new Vezikhona R & B disc, entitled Rooted. Also set to make waves is KZN Music House’s Vezikhona Maskandi disc. This spotlights high energy performances by Oqedukukeka from Pietermaritzburg, Cupha noXolo from Pinetown, Thulasibone from Bergville, AmaJili from Ezakheni, Impunyela from Port Shepstone and Abafana Bemvuselelo from Hluhluwe.

More information from KZN Music House on 031 309 6164.