Lwazi GB an upcoming artist based in Queenstown, Eastern Cape!his week on #MgosiRisingStars we feature Lwazi Fatyela, professionally known as
With his latest EP Icebo Lokuphila being the first body of work released through his own independent record label, Cash Unit Records, Lwazi GB, like any other artist can’t get to gig due to the lockdown. But he is working hard to make sure that he shoots more music videos for his EP Icebo Lokuphila.
“I’ve already done a music video for one of my songs Lahla Lonja and recently dropped a brand new single Ungabheki,” says Lwazi GB.
However, he says he cannot perform or get booked because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It takes a lot of time for your music to be distributed because of the pandemic. It’s hard to plan music videos for other songs especially when it comes to scenes that need people – social distancing doesn’t allow us at all,” expresses Lwazi GB.
Originally born in King Williams Town, Lwazi GB has earned himself a huge following on social media with his Xhosa hip hop and trap music mixed with African elements, creating a whole new authentic sound that has “never” been heard before.
He says that Icebo Lokuphila contains beautiful and honest songs straight from the heart – based on his personal life journey.
“Icebo Lokuphila is one of the most versatile projects out there as the project consists of different types of sounds. I feel like a lot of people can relate to the project, there’s music for everyone, I have love songs, motivational songs, rap, and trap songs all in one project… it’s a complete body of work. The sound quality and production is great.” Lwazi GB.
“I started working on Icebo Lokuphila in 2018, and the album title song was inspired by words my grandmother said to me earlier in 2015 when she was still alive. My Grandmother (Nomfundo Fatyela) was the breadwinner in our family, and she carried us for years with her pension money as my mother was still job hunting and struggling to find employment.
“My grandmother has always been a big fan of my music since I was still in high school. I remember this other day when I made her listen to one of my songs which I wrote for her and mom, the title of the song was ‘Everyday’ and she was crying throughout the song it really touched her.
“She then told me that she strongly believes in me and when her time finally comes and she’s no longer with us, me and my brother should help my mom in taking care of the family and we should work together and come up with a plan of how we are going to survive when she’s no longer with us as she is the breadwinner. These are the words that inspired the title of my project Icebo Lokuphila (A plan for survival),” shares Lwazi GG.
Lwazi GB – Ungabheki