After years of waiting, local fans have been given what they have been asking for, the first complete project from local artist, Lwazi GB.
After releasing singles since 2008 he says it was time to put out a complete project.
‘Icebo loku Phila’, the debut extended play (EP) by the Ezibeleni-born artist, real name, Lwazi Fatyela, is a nine track hip hop offering that acknowledges years of lessons, upbringing and fan loyalty.
“Icebo loku Phila is something my grandmother used to say. She was the breadwinner at home and always used to encourage us to hustle. She supported my music and always told me help my mother,” says Fatyela.
He says he has had to adapt to stay relevant to his audience. That is reflected on the music he does which he calls ‘trap soul’. “It is a subgenre of hip hop. It is inspired by local artists like Sjava and Emtee, call it African Trap.
“When I started as a rapper I wanted my music to carry a message. Music changes, if you want to be relevant you have to adapt, so I decided to do trap. It’s all about the beat, a banging sound. I didn’t want to be like Migos; singing about women and money so I decided to keep the message and drive the same content.”
Fatyela is no flash in the pan and has the stripes to show for it. In 2014 he won the 5 FM competition, rap factor, hosted by Miss Cosmo. He has gone on to take the national stage.
“In 2016 I was invited by Sliquor to perform at his birthday party in Soweto.”
Having shared the stage with notable acts like Shane Eagle, Ricky Rick and Kwesta, the muso still has bigger achievements.
“In 2017 and 18 I performed at the Chase Festival and again last year I was at the Cruel Summer Party.” Both events are held annually in East London.
The lyricist is currently signed to Sheer Publishing which boasts names like Cassper Nyovest, Zahara and even the late Oliver Mthukudzi. The connect has paid big, with Rythm City now playing ‘Hella Good’ on its sound tracks, a song on Fatyela’s EP.
Fatyela has no features on the EP but with a fan base of 61000 on Facebook and 143000 followers on Twitter, they know what they are getting. They will be familiar with singles like ‘Lahla lo nja’ and ‘Freedom’ which he has already released as preludes to the EP.
The EP was released on April 26 and is available on both hard and soft copy. Contact Lwazi GB on Facebook, @LwaziGB on Twitter and LwaziGB on Instagram. On digital platforms, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, where it is currently number six on Hip Hop’s Hottest Albums. You can also call on 078-611 4837.