Kwaito artist, Mbekezeli “P.O.Zee” Mpofu says he is back in the music industry after a lull — to “reclaim his title as the local king of kwaito”.
The artist told NewsDay that he was working on his latest album, The Return of P.O.Zee which was under the recording label, Nyce Beats Records.
“Through this album which is my third offering, I want to reclaim my crown as the king of kwaito music,” said the dreadlocked musician.
Two of his last albums, Kas’lami and Mina le Kwaito did very well and received massive airplay on local radio and television stations.
He then took a break from the music industry saying he wanted to see if there would be “a strong challenge from anybody but I have not seen any”.
In a thinly-veiled reference to current kwaito sensation, Khulekani “Samazaza” Sibanda of Ngidlimal’yami fame who has carved a niche for himself in kwaito music locally, P.O.Zee said he still had not seen anybody who could seriously challenge him.
He said he felt he had also adequately prepared himself “for the crown” reclamation with his music that mainly addressed social issues.
“In the new album I have a song I Don’t Wanna Hurt No More which talks about those who take love for granted, it has a kwaito, R&B and jazz feel in it,” he said.
He said he started writing songs when he was still in school and turned professional in 2003 and subsequently worked with other Kwaito artists thereafter.
“The music industry is growing compared to the time I started. Artists can now earn something from royalties which is a positive development, and they should make use of that facility,” said P.O.Zee.
His manager, Petros “2Nyce” Malemane said local kwaito fans would soon have an opportunity to see P.O.Zee on stage as they had a number of stage performances in the pipeline.
“P.O.Zee’s latest album will be out this summer,” he said.