IDOL’s new signing Muzi announces new album
Last January, Muzi signed a contract with IDOL through his own structure, WE.THE.BUNDU. After an EP, that was dedicated to his mother and therefore titled Mama, released in autumn 2020, Muzi is about to launch the campaign for his fourth album, Interblaktic.
Born in Empangeni, in the KwaZulu Natal province of South-Africa, Muzi Mazibuko has tried since the start of his career to change the game of the South-African music industry. This sound digger proposes compositions made of electronic music, with touches of mbaqanga, kwaito, maskandi and bubblegum.
Strongly independent, he decided in 2016 to create his own record label, in order to guarantee his artistic freedom: “Everything comes from your pocket, so funding your projects is not easy. But the good thing is you own all your rights”, tells the artist to NewFrame.
In 2019, between two albums, Muzi got invited to Brooklyn for Afropunk festival, but in Berlin as well, at a Vice party, for a sold-out performance. That same year, Muzi collaborated with Damon Albarn (Gorillaz/Blur) on Egoli, a new album with the Africa Express project. And even went to Paris, for the Afropunk’s European version, where Muzi was praised by Chris Martin (Coldplay), who attended his set.
According to Forbes: “To some, Muzi is also viewed as a leader in a new scene of South African post-apartheid millennials who are influencing music, fashion and culture.” For French radio station Radio Nova, he represents, quite simply, the best of what South-African music can offer today.
Spotted by Red Bull Music Academy, Muzi also caught the attention of Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy, Mad Decent… “making him one of the most exciting electronic producers South Africa has to offer”, declares Noisey.
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