- Mzansi singer Nathi Mankayi has released a new song called Imimoya from his 2022 album Usiba Lwe Gazi
- The Nomvula hitmaker featured Tee Tee on Usiba Lwe Gazi, and they collaborated on two songs, Sondela My Love and Angeke
- Briefly News chatted with Nathi, who discussed all aspects of Imimoya and Usiba Lwe Gazi's creative process
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Nathi Mankayi has released a new song, Imimoya, from his fourth studio album, Usiba Lwe Gazi.
The talented singer is well known for his amazing music catalogue, which earned him prestigious awards such as the South African Music Awards (SAMA).
Since his debut in 2014 with Nomvula, the musician's music has healed souls, taken over music streams, broken records, and he hopes to do even more with Imimoya.
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Nathi Mankayi says his fans love Imimoya and Usiba Lwe Gazi
Imimoya is already out on music streaming services. The song is from Nathi's album Usiba Lwe Gazi, which means "blood feather." It is inspired by the idea of using a feather as a pen to write letters.
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Imimoya and other songs in Usiba Lwe Gazi are full of love and hope, opening the listener's eyes to things they might be afraid to discuss.
Speaking to Briefly News, Nathi opened up about the audience's response to the hit track. Nathi stated that his loyal fans showed support by streaming.
"I am actually overwhelmed by how well my supporters are loving ’Usiba Lwe Gazi’. We are sitting at around 8 million overall streams across the digital platforms and I am so appreciative of everyone that streams and purchases my music."
"I’ve had numerous supporters (including Black Coffee) boldly say that this album is the best project I have ever released. I’m in awe and so grateful because I was very intentional with this album!"
Nathi Mankayi speaks candidly about challenges faced while recording Imimoya
Many people assumed his career was over after he went on a hiatus. However, Nathi had a different perspective about going independent.
"After I left the company I used work with during the Nomvula era, I started my own company, Mankayi Media, and built my own team from scratch which was extremely challenging. Having to start afresh after having one of SA’s biggest hits was an interesting experience because I had so much learning to do."
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Even after taking a break following releasing his 2018 album Iphupha Labantu, planning for his major 2022 comeback was a struggle.
"The passing of my parents actually gave me more courage to keep pushing and to never give up on my dream. There were no changes made to the album, and things happened the way I had planned and wished for. I’m really grateful for that."
Nathi Mankayi opens up about working with Tee Tee on Sondela My Love and Angeke
Nathi also discussed his other songs on Usiba Lwegazi called Sondela My Love and Angeke, which features the incredible Tee Tee. Mankayi stated that recording the tracks with Tee Tee was a breeze because he had previously expressed interest in his craft.
"Working with TeeTee was an easy process since I had worked with him before. He had asked to do a song with me before, and that’s how we got to the studio - and I ended up featuring him in two of my songs on the album."
In a media statement shared with Briefly News, Tee Tee also had nothing but positive things to say about Nathi and his artistry. The Andizenzi hitmaker wanted to collaborate on more music projects with Nathi.
“Working with Nathi is a big deal for me given how far he has come with music and what he has accomplished. He believed in me and continues to stand by my talent and this is all I ask for. I’m happy with the tracks we have recorded and I see us doing more work in future.”
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The award-winning artist hoped for an amazing year and wants to accomplish many career goals, including meeting his fans more. Nathi also spoke about his wish to be an inspiration to many young people.
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"My fans and supporters can expect to see me on their TV screens and more of me on tour for Usiba Lwe Gazi. I’m also very passionate about mentoring boys and young men, and so I’ll be working on that with my team. I’m also hoping to develop young talent as well."
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Big Zulu and Sjava took to social media to express their gratitude and excitement for the overwhelming response to their music.
On the group's Instagram, they shared their amazement at the song's success and thanked their fans for their support.
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Source: Briefly News