“Vura” hit-maker, 28-year-old Sandile Nkululeko Mkhize, has been lighting up dance floors since bursting into the music scene two years ago. He shares how it all began
1.What is the story behind your name?
My childhood best friend, Brian gave me that name when we were young and it has stuck with me ever since.
2. Take us through your childhood.
I grew up in Soweto with my grandmother, dad, aunt and two older brothers. I had a pretty good childhood and was taught patience and responsibility from an early age. I wouldn’t go out to play without first washing my school socks or the dishes, and I learned to appreciate what we had as a family.
3. What was your childhood dream?
I always wanted to have a career in music, as I received several awards for musical activities I partook in. I was also inspired by one of my brothers, Linda Mkhize (Pro Kid), who is a successful rapper.
4. How did you get into the music industry?
I was part of a hip-hop group called Flip Side since high school. We decided to take our music seriously and were signed by GP records. We were quite big in Soweto, but we developed different interests and parted ways three years later. I continued pursuing music and in 2014 I met my producer, Ruff, who also worked with Emtee and Sjava. We worked our music and Ambitiouz Entertainment signed us in 2015.
5. What have been some of the highlights of your music career?
The biggest highlight so far was being nominated for best hit single at the Metro FM awards and co-producing “Washa” (featuring Emtee, Fifi Cooper and B3nchMarQ), as well as “Vura” (featuring Sjava and Saudi), which both have more than a million views on YouTube.
6. What is your advice to those who want to be in the music industry?
Believe in yourself; don’t lose the people you are starting out with and keep working on your craft to be better at it. Things always have a way of working out.