Greetings friends of Mawisa, it’s that time of the week where I feature a talent within Pretorian shores. This time around I have Movi-M, with an extensive background of performing arts. This artist career is about to flourish. South Africa at large Movi-M is a force to be reckoned with.
He scored a nomination at the South African Traditional Music Awards(SATMA’s) from the best new comer catergory late last year. Not to forget that Movi-M performed at major concerts in South Africa like the Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz, Moshito Live Music and Exhibition, Mamelodi Heroes Tribute, Capital Arts Festival, Jazz and African Music Nights, Morula Sun Casino, Flamingo Casino to name a few. But he tells more about his journey below on the fresh box. Do enjoy.
•••fresh box with Movi-M•••
Q. Hello and welcome to Tsa_Pitori Online Magazine, it’s really an honor to host you.
A. Thank you so much for hosting me it is highly appreciated
Q. Your mother played an important role in your life, tell us more about your relationship with your mother.
A. I am the only child at home so I had a strong bond with my mother, she made sure that I get everything I needed growing up. She was also a great singer and song writer so I learned a lot from her about music, life and respect for other people.
Q. What inspired you to be an artist?
A. Growing up both my parents were big music lovers my dad used to loudly play African music from early hours of the morning, he used to play artist such as Salif Keita, Ester M, Miriam Makeba, Busi Mhlongo and many more. And my mom loved reggae music so I was always around music and I just thought one day I would really like to take it on as a profession.
Q. Describe your signature sound?
A. My sound is more African music inspired by our diverse indigenous African cultures, it has elements of jazz as well as soul. I try not to limit myself because I don’t want to be boxed as an African jazz singer, hence I just call it African music.
Q. Tell us about your hit track called Mayine, you featured Zubz on it. How did that collaboration come about?
A. I have always wanted to work with Zubz because I respect him so much when it comes to writing, like me he writes about general issues that we go through as people day in day out. So after I composed the song then told my publisher Fortune Masina to ask Zubz if he would be interested to do the song with me, Zubz agreed to do it. As the say the rest is history and I’d like to thank the radio stations that gave my song so much airplay and everyone that has voted for it and kept it in the charts.
Q. With that said also you have an album out, that’s available nationwide, take us through the album.
A. My album is an easy to listen kind of music, it does not really limit audience most of the songs I wrote when I was going through a dark time in my life after I lost my mother. So I just wanted to uplift people that also went through the pain and let them know that it gets better with time. So it is an inspirational album about strength, love and life in general. I got nominated at 2014 SATMA’s, even though I did not win the awards, for me I was really over the moon that the big people in the industry are taking notice and actually starting to appreciate what I do. It gave me that hope that bigger things are going to happen. It’s always good when you get credits for the good work that you do, so it felt really good.
Q. Future collaborations we can expect from you?
A. Like I said I don’t like to box my music so I am planning to record a tribal house song with a well known DJ the track will be out in May but I cannot reveal yet just stay tuned.
Q. This year respectively what can we expect from you?
A. This year I will be traveling a lot to do my album promotional tours in Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape, Zimbabwe and Namibia. And I will also be releasing a music video for Mayine and I’ll also release 3 new singles
Q. How has the experience been so far?
A. Honestly it has been fun, stressful and mostly time consuming but I’m grateful for the doors that the Greater One above always opens for me.
Q. Where can people get hold of you in terms of bookings?
A. For bookings people can call:
George Kou on 0765385109 or Earl Mondlhana on 0794262007.
For someone who started right at the bottom leading his moms choir, starting out with different bands and lastly to be offering his talents together with his band and also sharing the stage with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Freshly Ground, Tu Nokwe, Suthukazi, Ringo Madlingozi, Lira, Caiphus Semenya, Thandiswa Mazwai to mention a few. Clearly shows he’s doing great for himself.
A few words for Movi-M “higher is where you’re heading”.
Let’s leave at that I hope Movi-M’s journey has inspired you there who wants to follow suit.
Until next week nothing but God’s blessings, love and peace upon you.
Edited By: K