Msakandi star, Mbuzeni Mkhize’s dreams came true when he got a call to say that Rihanna wanted to collaborate on a song with him.
Mbuzeni Mkhize performed his remix of Diamonds by Rihanna in Istanbul, Turkey a year ago, when he was scouted. He received a call from the team of the LA-based pop star that she wanted to collaborate a song with him after he had remixed her 2012 hit track, Diamonds.
Mkhize is known for his unique maskandi sound. The artist, who hails from Mkomazi, south-east of KwaZulu-Natal, said he was shocked when he was contacted by Rihanna’s team.
The guitarist will head to the US where he will collaborate on a song with the Barbados-born singer in December.
According to The Sowetan, Mkhize has already began working on the song.
The globetrotting musician said he regarded the invite as something that will take the maskandi music genre to its highest level in the international arena.
“Rihanna could have chosen any person to work with her. But she chose me out of hundreds of maskandi artists. For that, I am honoured and humbled. I thank my ancestors for the gift [of singing].”
Mkhize explained how he was scouted. He said an international promoter, who saw him performing in Turkey last year, took a video of his performances.
“He showed the video to Rihanna, who liked my interpretation of her song and the way I did it. She asked to meet me and if we can do a maskandi song that will be in both our albums.”
It’s no coincidence that Mkhize believes that his international profile has begun to open doors for him.
“This is a big thing for South Africa and for maskandi as a whole. This shows that my music is taken seriously wherever I perform.”
Mkhize has eight albums under his belt and has performed in cities such as Moscow in Russia, Beijing in China and New Delhi in India, among many other countries.
Before he jets off to the US for Rihanna’s recording, Mkhize will entertain audiences in Paris.
Mkhize will be joining other SA musicians , DJ Black Coffee and rapper Kwesta, who have had collaborations with top US artists like Alicia Keys and rappers Rick Ross and Wale.
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