One of the few SA Idols’ winners who has maintained the musical momentum afforded by the competition, Mthethwa released his debut CD in 2012. Before he found fame on Idols, he was known for his work with gospel group Joyous Celebration. Mthethwa’s first single, the chart-topping “Move”, was a pleasant surprise with its distinct R&B, neo-soul sound. “This love” was one of my favourite tracks – it has that soulful sound that made millions fall in-love with this vocalist initially. His arrangement of Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass” gave me Idols nostalgia, while the powerful original gospel composition, “That’s the way God planned it”, paid lyrical homage to his gospel roots. Mthethwa’s melodic vocals are motivation enough to give this one a good listen, and all in all, you won’t regret taking this 13-track disc to the till.
Khaya singing while in the Idols house
Khaya singing with Joyous Celebration
Find more up-and-coming young gospel superstars on page 46 of Issue 8
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