WATCH | Inside Nathi Mankayi's Uphupha Labantu album launch
Judging by the live audience reaction and the social media craze on Wednesday night, after Nathi Mankayi shared music from his upcoming album Uphupha Labantu for the first time, it's already a winner!
Iphupha Labantu will give his fans a happier, mature and more spiritual Nathi, he told TshisaLIVE.
Nathi broke into the industry with his hit song, which became 2015's unofficial national anthem Nomvula. The song came from his first album Buyelekhaya, which was a resounding success.
The singer's second album, Umbulelo Wam, didn't do as well on the market but Nathi explained to TshisaLIVE that it wasn't that the music was bad, it was just everything else that distracted Mzansi from what he was offering.
He described his third offering as a happy album.
Nathi added that he was in a happier space in his life and that his maturity, and joy would come through in the album.
The reaction from the crowd at the album launch hosted at Hill On Empire in Parktown is certainly an indication that he's back to claim his throne as the most soulful afro pop singer.
Watch some of the performances below:
The album launch was attended by the likes of Siphokazi, Arthur Mafokate, Zandie Khumalo, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Tresor, Berita and Eugene from Trompies.
Nathi's album will be available nationwide and on line on Friday July 27.