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Mthunzi Shines in Apple Music's 'New Artist Spotlight'

The artist's exquisite debut album 'Selimathunzi' is probably the best South African album released so far this year.

Apple Music's "New Artist Spotlight" for this month is South African artist Mthunzi.

The honor comes just after he released his debut album "Selimathunzi" which was written exclusively in his mother tongue, isiZulu. The 16-track project includes other South African talent including Sun-El Musician, S-Tone, Ami Faku, Simmy, Sino Msolo, Claudio and Kenza.

Listen to "Selimathunzi" on Apple Music and Spotify.

In "Selimathunzi", which translates to "sunset", Mthunzi mixes maskandi, house, Afro-pop and R&B to create an exquisite body of work. From serenading rhythms in "Ngibambe La", "Zigi Zigi", "Elentulo" and "Uhlale Ekhona" to the uptempo beats of "Selimathunzi" and "Kwaphela U Ink", Mthunzi leaves very little room for any negative critique—a rarity with any debut album.

Additionally, the fact that all 16 tracks are written and sung in isiZulu only adds to the truly authentic feel of the album.

Commenting on the recent honor, the artist says that, "This is one of the best things and highlights in any musicians career, I am grateful to Apple Music for their continuous support to artists and it is a great honor."

Mthunzi is a part of Sun-El Musician's record label, El World Music.

Describing how he came to join the label, he says, "I had my first deal with a company called Mapsit, but nothing important materialized until I posted a video on social media tagging [Sun-El Musician], singing cover music from his label." He adds that, "Which is when I got a call from him and he invited me to his studio. We worked on a few songs where I recorded my first single, "Vuka" and a follow up "Insimbi".


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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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