Award-winning musician and actor Israel Matseke-zulu has ventured into the amapiano circle after 15 years of releasing pure kwaito sounds.
The artist, better known for his acting role as a prison gang leader in Yizo Yizo and Tsotsi’s father in the award-winning local movie called Tsotsi, said he wanted to stay afloat with trends in the country.
With the release of Imbokodo featuring Carol Mbokodo and Zimbabwean musician C4, GP Maorange, as he is known to many, said he was not dumping his hood kwaito music but rather trying to deliver messages to the youth in a way they would best understand.
The track delivers a message that women are strong and should not be held back by men who do not appreciate their efforts or think they are superior than them.
“I wanted to do something different this time. While remaining rooted in some kasi kwaito-house beats, I fused some fresh amapiano sounds to make it resonate with the current trends,” he said.
“I am a pantsula for life, that hasn’t changed, and it comes up nicely in this smasher of a song too.”
He said venturing into amapiano sounds was not a hard ask as the genre was related to the original kwaito. The two sounds were both founded in South Africa, allegedly with the same aim of narrating township stories for the whole world to hear.
He said fans can expect more amapiano songs from him, which will be featured in his untitled upcoming album. “The kasi person in me will not leave, I am who I am and that is what people love about me.”
Mbokodo said: “It is really a song that talks to me. It talks about power and to show that women can do what men can without their beauty and smile being regarded as a sign of weakness. I am excited to be working with Maorange on this one.”