Many young, up-and-coming artistes find it difficult to break new ground and realise their dreams in the music industry either because of lack of funding or guidance.
Some, when they get fame, get carried away and turn to drug abuse, mismanagement of funds generated from their infant careers, leading to their demise.
However, 18-year-old Bulawayo-bred versatile producer Ntuthuko Ndlovu (stage name Ntu2kay), vows not to fall for such traps as he begins his professional music career.
Ntu2kay who was recently signed by Usiba Entertainment (Ent), a record label owned by Australia-based Afro Fusion artiste Makhoe Drey, is set to release his first album titled This Is Ntu2kay.
The offering boasts of four tracks which are Qo Qo, Umthandazo, A Re Ye (SeTswana word meaning let’s go), and Hamba.
He featured Makhoe Drey on all the songs.
B-Metro showbiz caught up with the producer and he shared his career inspirations and the sound of his new album on this profile.
Q: When did you discover your passion for music?
A: I began music production in 2020. I started out with Trap and Hip-Hop. Then later I shifted focus to Amapiano, Gqom and Afropop. The main reason to do multiple genres was because I believe that diversity is fundamental to a good production career.
My start as a producer was not smooth. People at home, used to call me a “computer freak”, because I would spend almost the whole day trying to come up with something. Even my friends would laugh at my early productions.
Others told me to stop producing, because my productions were weak, but that didn’t stop me.
Q: Who is your inspiration?
A: My childhood dream was to work with DJ Tira. He greatly influenced my music. Hopefully, one day I will work with him as he is my number one inspiration.
Q: Describe your music?
A: My music can simply be defined in three phases thus: inspirational, educational and fun.
Inspirational: by this I want my music to be a body of work that inspires people to work hard, and being motivated at the same time.
On the aspect of education, I want to teach the new generation through my music, because I’ve seen that the new genres and other songs have an explicit language, which is not good. I want my music to have a positive impact on my fans.
Q: Usiba Entertainment, how is it, to be signed under the label?
A: I must say it’s quite well working under Usiba because it has given me the opportunity for my music to be heard and seen not only in Bulawayo but globally in countries like Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.