Tipped by Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy, Rinse FM, Noisey, iD, and more, South African producer MUZI is widely acknowledged to be the hottest DJ and producer emerging from South Africa’s burgeoning electronic music scene. He recently relocated to Berlin, a move that’s set to take his unmistakable sound to Europe and beyond.
MUZI’s bold fusion of hip hop, electronica, kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound), and traditional Zulu music has a hard-hitting sonic approach which remains deeply inspired by his upbringing, a tale of striving through adversity in the rural South African township of Empangeni, north east of Durban.
His ‘Fire FX EP’ garnered the attention of major names and labels including Mad Decent, Foreign Beggars, Damon Albarn, OWSLA, and Rinse FM and more; and the lead EP track, ‘Fire (VIP)’ can be found on the soundtrack to ‘Generation Revolution’, the British documentary which explores current Black and Asian activism in London. MUZI’s connection to the UK was further strengthened when he travelled back to South Africa with grime superstar Stormzy to shoot the mini-documentary for Vice/Noisey titled ‘Stormzy & MUZI: From South London to South Africa’, a coming together of two artists from two different musical worlds.
Discussing his debut album, ‘Boom Shaka’, MUZI wants to push boundaries with his continuously evolving sound: “My debut album is a reflection of who I am. An honest expression of what it means to be a modern African kid. We have Western influences but we still respect and remain true to our roots, traditions and culture. Two worlds have met and both play an important role. I hope my music gets that message across.”