Johannesburg, 17th July:  Multi-talented, Sandile Mfusi, aka Masandi releases major label debut ‘Ithemba’, a much needed ray of hope, in these universally uncertain times.

The song – a perfect blend of traditional and modern gospel elements – accomplished through the delivery on both the production and vocals, has a nostalgic quality, that still maintains relevance in the modern Gospel and R&B sphere. This duality is sure to make it an enjoyable audio experience for both, old lovers of gospel as well as the new age R&B followers.

Masandi’s introduction into the industry as a member of Niche Fam drew him into the wider entertainment industry and in 2013 he took his acting career to the next level as he played Jojo in the hit drama series ‘Isibaya’. A role closely followed by his first leading part in 2014’s feature ‘Sugar Mama’.

His debut solo single ‘Bring It Back’ brought him to the attention of legendary rapper K.O. with whom he went on to collaborate on the hit single ‘One Time’. He has since gone on to work with Big Nuz, Gemini Major, Aewon Wolf and Captain Blu (Nigeria) and has shared stages with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Trey Songz. All the while he has been carving his own niche with a fresh blend of R&B, soul, maskandi, and hip- hop.

“At the risk of sounding weird – this was honestly the first song that I had that connected to me on a deeper level, it was a spiritual experience. I remember the day Dj Gukwa sent the beat to me, I played it on repeat, while tears were rolling down my face. I got behind the mic at my home studio set up, no lyrics, and just poured my heart out in melody. The song which is quite apt to the times we find ourselves in, is about hope. It’s a reminder for us to maintain faith and remember that God is always listening to our prayers. ”


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