By Molebogeng Mangoale
It is 2am and I’m up trying to finalise questions for one particular interview we’ve been anticipating for a couple of weeks. However, I can’t seem to finish this task as I keep watching one performance on the Africa Rising DVD that I’ve watched many times before. It is the performance of an energetic, talented and overly-inspiring artist whose work in the music industry has earned him the utmost respect among his peers and music fans alike. I am watching the breathtaking, spectacular and emotionally evocative performance of Thokozani Nzima aka Zano as he delivers ‘Someday’, a song that any person irrespective of whether they are a house music fan or not, will be truly inspired by.
As a great admirer of his work and talent, the reality that in a couple of hours my team and I will be sitting down with this man to get to know him better feels a bit unreal. Fast-forward ten hours later, we are sitting opposite the man himself as he takes us through his journey in the music industry and the challenges in life that have shaped him into being the son, friend, father and the soulful music vocalist he is today.
When he came to Pretoria, he only had R150 in his pocket. All he wanted to do was study music. “I was always the first student to come to school and the last to leave. A lot of what happened in that time strengthened my faith. I understand that what I do is a calling,” he says. But in between then and now, a lot of things have happened in Zano’s professional music career.
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