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Ben 10 producers way to go

Mon, 14 April 2014 03:46
by Chris-Paul


Name: Sbu Khomo  
Stage Name: R Mshesha
Age: 31
Occupation: Musician
Relationship Status: Single

Name: Mandla Maphumulo
Stage Name: Mampintsha
Occupation: Musician
Age: 32
Relationship Status: Single

Name: Mzi Tsomela
Stage Name: Danger
Occupation: Musician
Age: 29
Relationship Status: Single

what does “Big Nuz” mean?
The ‘N-’ in the Nuz is derived from Natal and the ‘-uz’ is from the village where we are from called ‘Umlazi’. The ‘big’ depicts us doing big things; we are big guns with big lyrics.
How many times have you visited Namibia?
This is our third time. Namibia is our second home and we thank the promoters for bringing us back this time.
Who was your musical influence growing up?
All the musicians in Africa we’ve come across and listened to, basically. We listen to every genre to learn a thing or two and to appreciate music in general.
Where did the three of you meet?
We met in church and started hanging out at school. Kwaito was our common interest then.
How did you end up recording house music then?
We noticed kwaito was evolving into house and we took in everything, just like rebels looking for a loop hole to penetrate.
There’s a lot of competition in the house genre, how have you guys managed to stay big and relevant?
We use little boys, because young blood is good, they come with fresh ideas. We like to classify them as ‘Ben 10’ producers, as their fresh ideas inspire and give us energy. We need them to take care of us.
Where do you think rumours of Sbu’s death came from?
Sbu: When you are doing great, there are always haters who use the social media to make ill statements about you. Such are witches partaking witchcraft; they’re people working for the devil and want to mess up everything by destroying you.
What has been your most embarrassing moment during a performance?
We once performed with a guy who fell offstage in the process. Another embarrassing moment was once when we were booked by poorly organised people, with a poor sound system which kept cutting and the crowd could not hear us as a result. That was awful.
What peculiarity do you bring to the industry that others fail to?
We give our all, a love from deep inside. We talk about our life experiences to make the music last. Our music makes sense; it’s what we call classical music. We don’t do bubble-gum but unique, original and special music and it’s all because of God.
What is your most treasured possession?
God. We try to serve Him through helping others. There are those who helped us back in the day and we believe they were sent by God. As such, we are making the cycle continue.
Did you travel to Hawaii for the Hawaii music video?
It was our own Hawaii. It’s more like bringing Hawaii to Durban but in actual fact, it was way better than Hawaii itself.
Do you listen to Namibian music?
Yes. Namibian music is good and we would like to distribute Namibian music in our country.
Who’s your favourite Namibian artist?
Gazza and The Dogg. They are our friends and we listen to their music.
Do you plan on collaborating with Namibian musicians?
Yes. As neighbouring countries, we are supposed to be close, to change things but currently, we are not unified. We have recorded some songs with Gazza and The Dogg and are willing to record more songs with other good Namibian musicians.
Apart from music, what else do you do?
We plan on establishing a charity organisation for orphans called Big Nuz Foundation.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Sbu: I once worked in Shoprite Checkers for a day.
What’s an average day like in the life of Big Nuz?
If we are not performing on concerts, we relax. We often hire movies and just chill. We also have a small boat where we just chill and if we are not chilling, then we exhaust our studio time.
What job did you aspire to as a child?
Music. It has always been a calling for the three of us. We all felt the same way with one spirit.
What are you currently working on?
We are working on an album for artists, such as Fisherman, Juicy, Manaco and Duncan who are signed under our record label, Afrotainment.
Any message to your Namibian fans?
We love you and your country!