Byo’s Afrikan Heart makes waves in SA

COWDRAY PARK-BORN house musician Thabo Moyo is making waves in South Africa with his debut album The 1st Heartbeat getting unlimited airplay on some of that country’s popular radio stations.

SHARON SIBINDI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Moyo (25), who goes by the stage name Afrikan Heart, said the album is a fusion of Afro — soul and RnB with some soul dance tracks.

Hits currently making waves include Walk in the Park and Good Life, which are “anthems” of popular Gauteng youth radio station YFM and 5FM.

The 1st heartbeat was produced in South Africa by Thembani Phakathi, aka M.I.F, Almotie Mthombeni, aka Alie-Keys, who is hip—hop superstar Cassper Nyovest’s keyboardist, and DJ Nizhe de soul from Soul Candi.

“My album has gone silver in South Africa with the hit tracks Good Life and Walk in the Park making airwaves in radio stations like 5FM and YFM,” the ambitious artiste said in an interview.

Afrikan Heart is currently studying public administration and communication facilitation with the University of South Africa.

The artiste said the music industry in South Africa was more productive than in Zimbabwe, hence his lucky break.

“I can safely say I have managed to discover gold in South Africa unlike at home where it is difficult to record even a single track,” Moyo said.

Apart from recording first album, Afrikan Heart said he is also a song writer, poet, actor and philanthropist.

“I got introduced to professional art at Radio Dialogue in 2009 and my music is a perfection of soul, dance, motivation soul soothing and refreshing sound. Every song has a deep meaning or lesson to it. It’s written and produced in such a way that it’s timeless and caters for everyone,” he added.

He said his single Walk in the Park, which features Skek from Nigeria and Bigstar Johnson, was also making waves and getting a good response on Nigerian radio stations.

Meanwhile, his manager Crispen Ndlovu, who is in Bulawayo, said he was working on Afrikan Heart’s album launch set for next month.

“Afrikan Heart is one good artiste to work with and has shown his zeal and passion in the music industry. He will tour Durban and Johannesburg then come home to launch the album,” Ndlovu said.

“He won the Radio Dialogue talent search in 2010 and has done collaborations with Ghetto Prophesy, one of the well-known artistes in South Africa, and Liefy from Botswana. We are also currently working on big collaborations. There is more to see and witness; watch out Bulawayo.”

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