Nhlanhla Nciza embraces 'music veteran' status
Nhlanhla Nciza has revealed that after 20 years in the industry she does not mind the term "veteran" and that she now uses her passion for music and fashion to inspire the youth.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE in an exclusive interview, Nhlanhla spoke about the lessons she has learnt since breaking into the industry as part of the then trio, Mafikizolo.
"When I came into this industry I was just 19 and now we are working on an album to celebrate 20 years in the industry. Others call us "has-beens" while others use kinder words like "veterans." But we don't mind because we love what we do. We have grown in the industry and now fully embrace who we are. From our sound to our style," she said.
Nhlanhla explains that after due attribution to God, the gift giver, the group's longevity is owed to two simple values: humility and respect.
"The are two things that go a long way in helping you stay in this industry long enough to grow and discover your true self as an artist. They are taught from childhood to most of us: humility and respect. Respect for yourself, your craft and your colleagues and respect goes hand in hand with being humble," she said.
The musician told TshisaLIVE that they would be releasing a single from their upcoming album Mafikizolo 20 around mid-July.
She added that she is excited to share the 20-track CD that will take fans on a journey from Mafikizolo's genesis to the trendsetting musical duo they are today.