HE has exhibited exceptional music prowess locally, distinguishing himself with his unique versatility that has seen him excelling during the early stages of his career.
His hit-song Kwasa-Kwasa is dominating the national airwaves, setting tongues wagging on the local music scene about a seemingly music upstart seen dominating the industry in the not-so-distant future and at a tender age.
But despite his noteworthy exploits he has maintained a low profile uncharacteristic of most upcoming and ambitious green-horns in the arts and entertainment industry through his music.
Meet Mzobanzi Mlauzi (23), aka Mzoe 7, the last born in a family of seven children hence the moniker Mzoe 7.
Some of his popular tracks include Kwasa-Kwasa
, Shut Up, You don’t know me, by LA Josh in Bulawayo who is now based in Harare .
The composed and ever smiling Mzoe 7 has so far successfully managed to make strides in the cutthroat local showbiz industry where many have fallen by the wayside despite possessing talent.
Mzoe 7, as he is known among his associates, told Southern Eye Lifestyle the sky is the limit for him in music.
“My music speaks for itself. I am very creative,” he said. “Believe in yourself. If it is God’s will, he will be there to help you pursue your dreams in whatever you do. I am aiming high. l am seeing myself in the Grammy awards and other international awards.”
Born on March 6 1991, he grew up in Entumbane in Bulawayo before attending Fatima High School in Dete for secondary education where he cut his teeth in theatre and drama.
He was part of a little-known musical group Tyson Band where he was a backing vocalist, in a band which also features Otis Ngwabi. He has curtain-raised for Harare popular dancehall artist Winky D.
In his professional work he had a stint at Bulawayo’s Radio Dialogue, a civil society organisation drumming up support for the establishment of community radio stations and has worked with Amehlo Arts, a group that used to deal with children and teaching them about peer pressure.
A multi-talented upcoming artiste and a motivational speaker, children from his hood in Tshabalala call him “Malume” .
His achievement particularly in local music has earned him a place in the revered three-member House Rebels stable which has links with United States artistes, including worlds biggest house music producers, DJs, and singers at the Miami Winter Conference.
He missed a March trip to Miami due to financial challenges.
Mzoe 7 has worked with a lot of local artistes in the city and these include KLAP, Leentatainment, Djembe Monks and POY.
He has performed at Miss Winter 2014 at Cape to Cairo, Bigger than Hip-hop.
A bachelor at 23 years, he said his objective is to pursue a successful career in the arts industry.
“I am single and l am married to my music and would not be divorcing it anytime soon,” he said.
When not in the studio, he hangs around with Mqondisi Sibanda, aka Skaiva, claimed to be one of the best producers in Africa, and Tichaona Mudhobhi, a motivational speaker.
Crox who is a fashion designer dresses Mzoe 7. Mzoe 7 is presently doing a sound-track for a new film by Qiniso Productions.
He has a video and documentary which was done by Vusa Blaqs Hlatshwayo (Ingwe Studios).
For advice to other upcoming and aspiring artistes, Mzoe 7 said one should believe in himself or herself.
Tonight Mzoe 7 launches his single Wedding Day at a popular club joint Club Forty-40.
His music is a fusion of Afro-soul, jazz and hip-hop and has made waves on local radio stations such as ZiFm — my station, your station.
Mzoe 7 will be backed by local artistes such as POY, KLAP, Hurricans dance crew, Status pike and Elando general the comic from Mahlekisa. DJs Ally Touch, Fritz, Theo, Ericado. Mzoe will also warm up the decks.