Let me tell you a story about Msiz Kay. I got to know this artiste about two years ago thanks to a friend by the name Bongiwe Ngwenya.
He had just released his single Ngisakhumbula which was pretty much his rendition of Lovemore Majaivana’s uMoya Wami. I fell in love with the track and above all his hunger to make it. I have personally programmed him here and there and watched him grow from strength to strength.
He has won both Bulawayo Arts Awards and Skyz Metro Awards.
Last week Msiz Kay, whose government registered name is Sizalobuhle Nkomo launched his new album Bayashiselwa. I was not at the launch, but a quick browse through the world wide web said it went well and it was a good delivery. So yesterday I bumped into the young man in town and he handed me his album. This is what I have to say:
The album title is Bayashiselwa and is a 16-track offering. Yes, 16 tracks of amazing music from intro to the last track.
I know sometime last year Msiz worked on a collabo with Sandra Ndebele and I would have bet my top dollar that their song Engikuzwayo was the banger. Thank God I did not bet. Let me hasten to say that my top three tracks in this amazing album are Ngyazthandela (track 5), London (track 9) and I Cherry Yami (track 12). Well, maybe not, I will just add Ingoma (track 4), Mzilikazi (track 8) and Picture 117 (track 14). Ah well, who am I kidding, this whole album is amazing.
Track 1 is an intro Balovalo which on its own is an artistic mix of vocals and percussion. It’s that intro you will expect from a Jeys Marabini album and not a hip-hop artiste. Track 2 is Bayashiselwa which is the title track deserves the attention it’s getting as it cements Msiz Kay’s place as a lyricist of note. Track 3 is the collaboration with Sandra Ndebele which she did justice to with her ever energetic voice. Ingoma is an interlude which on its own would have developed but is still nice as it is. Ngyazthandela as track 5 will want you to repeat it and repeat it. I could not just move on from listening to it. I think whatever that sound is it’s the sound of the future. Kwesta has done it with the Ngyakuthanda song, Sjava countless times, Cal_Vin with Banjalo abantu and Msizkay with this one.
The other tracks on the album are Ngfuzubaba ,Okbonayo Yikho featuring Tariq Bravo, Mzilikazi featuring that Luveve Boy Calvin Nhliziyo, London which is an interesting take on story telling. Made in Africa which features the city’s self proclaimed and still amazing multiple award winning hip-hop star Asaph. Take you home is another nice interpretation of music. Msiz used all kinds of music. Track number 12 is I cherry yami, I swear it will get you nodding from start to finish. In track 13 he features soul sensation Xmile, who will turn anything to gold.Picture 117,Asiphinde Futhi and Remember me complete the album.
I give this album five stars. It’s a must have.
Until next week, be safe . . . @nkuenkala 0772214373