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Cloverdene artist wants to go global

The genre is hip-hop and music is not the only career the 25-year-old musician is interested in.

Cloverdene artist Banele Joy M’dotti, aka Joy Nele, is excited to share the release of his new album with his fans. He released his second album, Everyone Loves a Rookie, earlier this year but had to put his April tour on hold due to Covid-19 and the lockdown. The genre is hip-hop and music is not the only career the 25-year-old musician is interested in.

“I was born in Manzini, Swaziland, and grew up there and did my schooling before coming to South Africa with my family in 2012. “Shortly afterwards, I started my first year at Limkokwing University, with its headquarters in Malaysia, studying a degree in information technology. “I am also a professional software developer and network infrastructure designer.”

Nele added: “I have always loved music, from a young age. I used to sing at school and church – and everywhere I went. I play guitar, piano, banjo and a trumpet.” His first album was released in June 2019. “It was about my story; a journey I had experienced.” The City Times asked what drives his passion for music.

“I always loved sounds, stories and melodies. I draw a lot of inspiration from pain, love, bitterness and in simple things like being alive – what a privilege.

“I faced lots of challenges throughout my artistry journey. When I first came here I only knew a few people as I was looking for a studio to compose music. “I then decided to promote myself but finding gigs and radio interviews was another punch I took straight in the face. “Since the pandemic began, the battle has been huge.” He overcame these challenges by launching Playmole Records, which later changed to LAG Music. It has signed four local creatives.

“We now have a manager, Themba Ace Mpanza, who does a lot of marketing, finding gigs and interviews.” The artist’s music can be found online in all digital platforms. “Simply go to your web browser and type Joy Nele and the magic starts, instantly. My plan is to go global, like Nasty C, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. More music is coming – watch this space,” he added.

Hard copy CDs can also be bought at shop 3 at Dunswart Station. ALSO READ: Talented sketch artist (16) seeking professional mentor ALSO READ: Daveyton gospel rap artist reaching new heights    

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