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UKZN Alumnus launches album at Jazz Centre

KwaZulu-Natal born songstress and UKZN alumnus, Ms Zethembiso “Zethe” Mdletshe, who shot to fame after winning the grand prize on the Vodacom NXT LVL TV, is ready to take over the music industry with her much-anticipated debut EP titled Qhawekazi.

KwaZulu-Natal born songstress and UKZN alumnus, Ms Zethembiso “Zethe” Mdletshe, who shot to fame after winning the grand prize on the Vodacom NXT LVL TV, is ready to take over the music industry with her much-anticipated debut EP titled  Qhawekazi.

Ready to give her fans a taste of her work of art, Mdletshe started touring her home province, KwaZulu-Natal from the 10th of May, starting at The Jazz Joint. The official launch of the EP took place in an intimate event with local celebrities and media at the UKZN Centre for Jazz & Popular Music on 11 May 2018. 

‘I am so excited as I embark on this tour. It will enable me to share my experiences and the importance of self-worth. The EP really focuses on being bold and strong…the characteristics of i- Qhawekazi. I just want everyone to know that and listen to it especially during my electric live performances,’ said Mdletshe.

Since winning the coveted Vodacom NXT LVL season one title, the 24-year old music graduate spent the past four months in studio working on her musical masterpiece consisting of five songs. Among them is her debut single called Zazi that dropped on the 25th of April.

Mdletshe walked away with over a million rands worth of prizes. This included R100 000 in cash, a car worth R300 000, a Public Relations deal worth R250 000, a studio session to finish off her single, a music video for her single, clothing, access to an entertainment lawyer, adoption into the Rocka stable as an ambassador, her own range of music accessories and her EP.

‘I’m still pinching myself. I did not expect to win at all. This has really made me the most grateful person. The way South Africa has really supported me is insane. More than anything, throughout the show, I believed in myself and my craft as tough as it was to keep going. Now I believe even more that if you stay true to who you are, things always work out,’ she said.  

Her EP is now available on all digital music platforms.

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