Bonginkosi Stanley Mkize (29) popularly known as ‘Mehlo’ is an enthusiastic man with many skills and talents. Born and bred in Soshanguve, Pretoria, he has grown to be one of Soshanguve’s power houses as a music producer, music arranger, music director, keyboardist, DJ, composer, author, mixing and a mastering engineer.

With more than 10 years in the music industry, Mehlo was initiated as an artist when he started playing a keyboard at the age of 10 years. By the time he was 20 years old, he started working in the gospel music industry as one of the band members in a show once called, It’s Gospel Time, that was hosted by Dr Rebecca Malope from 2012 until 2014.

Growing up, Mehlo attended school from Mafumbuka Primary to Semphato Junior Secondary then completed his matric at Senthibele Senior Secondary. After matric, he attended tertiary at Tshwane North College in block G, Soshanguve, where he studied Electrical Engineering. It was in 2021 when he decided to follow his heart and study music business at Boston City College. “Music has given me identity and if given the opportunity, I would choose it over and over again,” said Mehlo.

Mehlo has shared stages as a keyboardist with artists like Maduvha, the late Sfiso Ncwane, Sipho Ngwenya and Thina Zungu to name a few. In 2015, he established a record label under his name called Mehlowethu Productions that has so far signed two artists namely Moses Makondo and Adoration (a gospel music group).

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Mehlo started developing an interest in electronic music and then decided to change his focus in the industry. He has since released his debut single titled ‘iLife iMnandi’ in 2021 were he featured Terry D and Misho. Another single followed after a couple of months titled ‘Buya’ with Chrissy L featuring Thomas and SGIVER_De_PRODUCER. Buya was written and performed by Chrissy L with Mehlo being the composer, producer, arranger and engineer.

Both his debut singles are available on all digital platforms and is expected to release an EP before the end of the year. You can follow him on the following social media platforms:

Facebook : Mehlo Mkize (page)

                 : Mehlo Prod

Instagram : @mehloprod

Twitter      : @MehloProdYouTube. : @Mehlo Prod

By: ombikayise Madlala  

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