A quick chat with Majozi
Majozi is a proudly South African musician who has recently emerged onto the scene from Durban. At the age of thirteen, he started to teach himself guitar, which eventually led to him studying a foundation course in jazz and popular music at the University of Kwazulu Natal. He describes his music as being Indie-folk with subtle influences of electro and attributes his faith as one of his musical inspirations.
In 2013, he released his first EP, “Marvelous Light”, which was recorded and produced by Warren Meyer of Doppler Studios. The album made it to number 9 overall on the South African iTunes chart and number 1 in the singer/songwriter category.
Following the online success and popularity of the EP, his single, “The River”, was playlisted on 5FM, KFM and other radio stations across the country. The infectious beat and meaningful lyrics have fans singing along with gusto at all the gigs he has been landing.
Over the last year Majozi has been steadily climbing the South African music ladder, getting the opportunity to open for Matthew Mole, Gangs of Ballet, Zebra and Giraffe, Mango Groove, Matthew Mole and international artist, Yoav.
He released his debut album earlier this year and will be one of the artists performing at Liefde By Die Dam (a daytime event which will be held at Emmerentia Dam in Johannesburg on the 16th of June 2016). I have watched him perform live and I’m thinking his performance at this event might turn out to be one of the highlights.
I recently had the privilege to chat to Majozi about Liefde by die Dam and a few other things. This is what he had to say.
You’ve played at festivals and events all over South Africa, which SA city is your favorite to play in and why?
Thats a tough one. I really enjoy playing everywhere, but if I had to choose I’d say Cape Town. I live in Cape Town now and I think my biggest fan base is here.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve experienced during a live set?
I’ve had a few interesting experiences. One time I was playing at a wine festival and as you can imagine people were very festive. I mean like really really festive. At one stage people were shouting so loud I couldn’t hear anything. It was daunting but fun.
You have just released your debut album – tell us a bit more about it?
I’m really proud of the work we’ve done on this album. I worked with Hugo Ludik and this one and he is a champion. Was such a pleasure working with him. we also have a few colabs on the album. My favourite colab is with Tresor, who is so hot right now. I tried to add a bit more vulnerability and scicerity in my writing for the album, so I think there are songs that everyone can relate to in one or another.
If you could colab with a local artist, who would you choose and why?
Cassper Nyovest. He’s a pretty rad guy an I’ve always wanted to colab with a rapper.
What can music lovers expect from your set at Liefde By Die Dam?
I’m really excited about Liefde By Die Dam. Music lovers can expect to be singing along to few no tracks as well as some reworked oldies. Mostly we are gonna have great time together.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Majozi for this interview. I wish him all of the best with his feature musical endeavors.
To get an idea of his sound, have a listen to his song “The River” below:
You can get your Liefde by die Dam tickets at this link.
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