HE MAN BEHIND DJ ZINHLE’S ‘UMLILO’ PRESENTS HIS
MAJOR LABEL DEBUT SINGLE ‘UVALO’ FEATURES NDU SHEZI
24 April 2020 | Johannesburg: Gift Selaelo Morukhuladi, aka MVZZLE – the talented hit maker who flamed the airwaves last year, as producer and feature on DJ Zinhle’s massive hit Umlilo which featured Rethabile and Donald’s most recent single, Black Love, is ready to carve his solo music career. After a freshly penned global deal with Warner Music South Africa MVZZLE today releases ‘Uvalo’ featuring Ndu Shezi.
In 8 years, the 25 year old Producer and DJ has gone from playing at local clubs to placing third in SABC 1’s televised Dj competition, 1’s and 2’s to gracing stages such as the DSTV Mzansi’s Viewers’ Choice Awards, Motsepe Foundation Celebration, and Major League Gardens amongst others. All this, whilst collecting his first #1 with Zinhle’s ‘Umlilo’.
Says MVZZLE: “After recording ‘Umlilo’, DJ Zinhle introduced me to Ndu Shezi, with the intentions that we would collaborate on what would become my single, and that’s exactly how things panned out. Ndu and I got into studio in January this year.
While working on the song, I knew that I wanted to create something upbeat and jovial. Ndu, perfectly complimented my vision for the song with her vocal and lyrical approach. The song is a celebration of pure love, the kind of love that makes you to let your guard down and love fearlessly”.
Born Gift S. Morukhuladi, in Musina and raised in a village called Mountain View – to a mom who’s a businesswoman and a dad who was the Conductor of the military band, at the time. Gift, recalls his earliest childhood memories growing up with his grandmother, before at age 8, he moved to Polokwane International Gateway to be with his parents. At this point his dad had gone from Conductor to Band Master at the SA Army Band.
In 2016, as a grade 6 learner, MVZZLE was so consumed by music that he taught himself how to play drums via his desk and ruler. 2008, was a defining year for him when his brother introduced him to Reason 4, a software used to produce music. Initially producing Hip-Hop and R&B – it was only in 2016, when he started producing house music. Making the difficult decision to drop out of college to pursue music and the assistance of SAACYF (South African Arts and Culture Youth Forum) who gave him opportunities to play at events such as Major League Gardens, Mapungubwe Arts Festival and Motsepe Foundation amongst others.
The wheels of fortune turned in his favour in 2018, when he entered SABC 1’s Dj competition, 1’s and 2’s – where he placed third. After the competition, MVZZLE contacted renowned DJ and entrepreneur, Zinhle with two beats, one of which is now the smash hit ‘Umlilo’ featuring Rethabile – who had earlier DM’d, Zinhle on Instagram proposing a collaboration with her.
- Mina Nawe – Lady Zamar (From 1’s and 2’s)
- Umlilo – by Dj Zinhle
- Black Love – by Donald
- Afro Pop Song “Lovio” by MVZZLE
- Don’t You Worry – by MVZZLE
- Uvalo feat. Ndu Shezi
- Amandla – by Black Motion feat. NaakMusiQ
MVZZLE’s musical journey has been nothing short of fate and determination at play. From his stage name given to him by his class mates which means the, “open end of the barrel of the gun” which is quite ironic considering his father’s position as the Band Master of the SA Army Band.
His official debut single, Uvalo ft Ndu Shezi to be released under Warner Music SA is scheduled to drop April 24th and once again proves that this 25 year old, does indeed, spit out hits like bullets out of a MVZZLE.