‘I have the freedom of creativity’ — 5 minutes with Nvcely Sings

23 April 2024 - 12:25
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Nvcely Sings speaks about his budding music career.
Nvcely Sings speaks about his budding music career.
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Nvcely Sings, real name Njabulo Lukhele, is on a mission to solidify his name in Mzansi's music scene, and the strides he's made in his career thus far have been a build-up to that achievement. 

The rising star hailing from Hazyview in Mpumalanga has worked with household names including Mlindo The Vocalist, Nomfundo Moh, Mfana Kah Gogo, Prince Benza, and Mr Brown.  

His soothing, mellifluous vocals may sometimes have him mistaken for Maeywon (one half of Murumba Pitch music group), but Nvcely Sings is carving a path of his own. 

Following the release of his latest single, Incwadi Encane, which features S’Villa and Miona, Nvcely Sings, pronounced, Nas-lee Sings, spoke to TshisaLIVE about his music journey.

Tell us about your latest single and why you chose to work with S’Villa and Miona.

Since I came to Johannesburg, I happened to be in a long-distance relationship for a long time, so I decided to make a song for people who left their families and loved ones to hustle in the city of gold or any city. I wanted to embrace that and accept the change

S'Villa and I have been talking on Instagram and we always wanted to work together so after I recorded my part, I instantly thought of him.

S’Villa was the first person I thought of after recording the chorus. I was sure he was going to deliver. I also felt the song needed a female Zulu vocalist. I first thought of Nomfundo Moh and Cici after seeing them do a duet on TikTok. Then Miona’s name came up, and I had previously worked with her on the song Jabula by AirBurn Sounds.

Describe the genre of Incwadi Encane and its style.

The sound is Afro-pop fused with maskandi and some amapiano elements. However, I am a versatile artist. I can sing gospel, RnB and amapiano. I chose this as it was fitting for the message in the music — warm, emotional, and would speak to many Africans. I love doing different genres because almost every sound suits my voice and I have the freedom of creativity.

When was your big break into the music industry?

When I released the singe iThuba. The reception was amazing, but I knew I needed to continue working and make more music, focus, stay disciplined, and work towards the big goal, which is being intercontinental and eventually exporting the sound overseas.

You are often compared to Murumba Pitch member Maeywon. Does that offend you?

I take it as a compliment. I get told sometimes I sound like Burna Boy, at times its Giveon, but it’s OK. When I was younger, I drew inspiration from Burna Boy, Giveon and many other male vocalists. There are not many male vocalists with my tone and to be compared to great artists is a kind thing to say. I take no offence at all. In fact, call them so we can make a song together.

Who have you worked with and who do you want to collaborate with?

I have worked with MLindo The Vocalist. I collaborated with Mfana Kah Gogo on the song Ilobolo, which promises to be another sensational addition to his discography. I have also worked with AirBurn Sounds, Nomfundo Moh, DJ Obza, Prince Benza, Mapara A Jazz, Lawsheen, Shaun MusiQ, Ftears, Lucia Dottie, and Mr Brown and I’m sure a few I have forgotten to mention.

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