Profile: The multi-talented Maboy Hlongwe (Rapper)

Maboy Hlongwe from Eastern Cape (Wild Coast) was born in KZN (NPS)1995 and is an Unsigned artist, a hard worker.

MaboyHe started doing hip-hop early in 2009 but He recorded in 2012 His 1st single produced by Terrence titled (Good time always end) which made it on radio stations early in 2012. His now working with artists from KZN.

He raps in Xhosa, Zulu and English, he is also the Manager of two Artists a Dj and a Hip-Hop Artist and a an avid Blogger .In 2013, His family started to support him because they noticed that the boy is a hard worker and He likes what He does. In 2013 He dropped his single titled:“Ngcelu’sizo” The Hit Single has played on Gagasi Fm hip hop sessions, Ugu Youth Radio Mc’s Empire, Inanda Fm, Yfm, Umhlobo wenene fm and also on Ukhozi fm Numba Numba. He worked with likes of Maxhoseni(EC),Phizo(Cpt), Masiano (KZN), F4yze, Muhlezar(KZN), RedG(EC), ManB (EC) e.t.c…

Most of his tracks are based on true stories  and now are rotating/playing on local radios such as Ugu Youth Radio Fm,Radio Sunny South Fm, Inanda fm, 5Fm, Inkonjane Fm, e.t.c and no one push his music but himself. Each and every track he released he makes sure that it get featured  on radio stations and on blogs.The single I’m pushing right now is “Gotta Hustle Hard” has just played on gagasi hip hop sessions Top5 and also on Inumba Numba (Khozi Fm)…I’ve been interviewed on some of radio stations and Tv Shows in and around South Africa.

For more info and bookings or features:
Or +27780761485
My music Link


Tips for Growing your Youtube Audience

Online video content is quickly becoming THE #1 form of mass media outreach.  According to their own stats, YouTube sees more than 300 hours of video uploaded per minute, and Facebook has literally billions of video shares each day.

Growing your YouTube audience is a highly effective  way of spreading word of your music, but it’s about more than just making a great music video.

Top Tips For Expanding Your YouTube Outreach

1 – You don’t need a huge budget.

It’s easy to think of a music video as a huge, elaborate production… but it doesn’t have to be.  Just as one example, there is this guy known as Jay Mokopo who likes to remix songs of popular artists, that guy always does music videos when he releases his tracks and they’re of quality, but I believe he doesn’t spend too much in making them, as a matter of fact you can even make a video of yourself singing in studio and still get a couple of views on Youtube, it doesn’t really matter how you do it, what’s important is that atleast you must have two to three music videos that are on Youtube.

2 – Make interview spots.

This is a great all-around tool in an indie musician’s video arsenal.  Find someone who can act as an interviewer, and film a 5-minute clip that mimics the format of similar spots on MTV Base or Channel O.  It allows your act to tell their story in their own words, in a short, easily-digestible format.

(Also you can send us your videos (interviews) so that we can share it on our ever increasing Youtube channel).

These can also do double or triple-duty.  Besides gaining shares on YouTube, they can also go into your media portfolio or even potentially be aired on TV.

3 – Invite audience participation.

Don’t forget to get your fans involved!  Invite them to submit, say, pictures or videos of your recent shows, so that the material can be edited together into a new video.  If you give credit at the end to all of your volunteer camera-operators, they’ll be sharing the results -and your music- with all their friends.

Or get more creative!  Anything that involves your fans will likely pay off in shares.

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For musicians wondering “How do I sell music online?” there are a lot of possible answers… but a great music video is one of the best options! Video moves QUICKLY around the Internet, and if you put together a music video that’s popular, you could easily get thousands of new fans! (And some of them might even buy something!)

The good news, for artists on a budget, we’re living in a time where video editing software is cheap and easily available. There are numerous options available for computer and mobile devices that can take care of your video editing needs, while only costing a few rands – if that!

Now, if you’ve got the money, CyberLink PowerDirector is probably the best all-around piece of music video editing software you can pick up. It’s got professional-quality effects, a great editing interface, and more plugins than you could ever want. However, licenses run between R600-R2000, depending on your features, so that may be beyond a lot of young musicians’ budgets.

So, let’s take a look at some of the best inexpensive options on various hardware platforms! If you’re looking to sell music online, here’s a great place to start.

How Do I Sell Music Online: Finding The Best Music Video Editing Software

Mac: If you’ve got a Mac, you probably need to look no further than Apple’s own offerings. The free iMovie software that comes with OSX is a tight little package that offers everything you need to cut together video quickly, and it integrates instantly with all other Apple devices. Add to that the full-featured Mac Garage Band (R1600.00) and you’ve got a formidable portable editing studio.gI_0_VideoProXScreenShot

If you’re flush with cash, Final Cut Pro (R3 100.00) rivals PowerDirector for sheer options and power, but again, at a very hefty price that’s probably more than most artists need to spend.

PC: For Windows users, Microsoft’s built-in Windows Movie Maker isn’t as nice as iMovie, but it’s free for Windows users on Vista and above. The interface isn’t as smooth as Apple’s offerings, but it’s got a lot of power and makes great use of widescreen monitors to show additional information.

Another option is DebugMode Wax, which is a free editor. It’s slow to learn to use, but quite powerful, and it can act as a plugin for a number of other popular video editing suites, including Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere. This is a good option for bands who are thinking about expanded into more expensive software in the future.

Zwei-Stein also makes a strong argument for their free package, which features non-destructive editing, speedy 64-bit calculations, and a huge range of effects. It’s probably one of the harder packages to learn to use, but in terms of power, it’s hard to beat. This is the option if you’re a bit more of a tech-head.

Android: Android has less of a media focus, but none the less, VidTrim Pro (R30) offers options equivalent to those found on iOS, with a nice interface. The Clesh video editor (R60) is another good option, that allows extensive use of cloud storage to save space on your local device.

Handling rejection as a musician.

If you can’t handle hearing “no” from time to time, you’re probably not going to get very far in the music business.

Any independent artist with any talent is going to be passionate about their music, and that’s a good thing. But rejection is part of the game, and you’ll run into people who don’t appreciate, or simply don’t like, your music.


Getting past this is one of the most important elements of succeeding in the music business.

Don’t Let Rejections Bring You Down!

1 – Remember, there’s a very big ocean out there.

There are more music publishers, and more outlets for promoting your music, than ever before. It used to be that if you got rejected by all the Big Name labels, your career was probably finished. But not anymore!

If you find the mainstream labels are rejecting you, look for niche labels who already publish music closer to your existing style.

2 – Take criticisms as a learning opportunity.

All the great musicians spent decades honing their craft, at least aside from those who drank or drugged themselves into an early grave. (A.K.A.: how NOT to handle rejection.) No matter how great you might be now, honestly, you’ll be even better in another few years.

When someone says “I can’t publish/promote you for reasons X, Y, and Z,” take a serious look at their explanation. There’s probably good advice in there, especially if it’s coming from someone who’s been in the music business longer than you.

3 – Do more fan outreach.

If you’ve got the fans, but can’t get a publisher to pay attention, encourage the fans to do more. (And, in turn, do more yourself to reward the fans.) Sometimes sheer numbers can make an argument in your favor, if you can show, for example, steadily increasing iTunes sales or T-shirt profits.

Plus, regional fame is another good route to getting noticed by larger publishers and promoters.

So, how do YOU handle rejections?

Unique vocalist and songwriter Mbuso Khoza from Eshowe, KZN

A rare musical talent has risen from the rolling hills of Eshowe in Kwa-Zulu Natal and is taking the World Music circuit by storm.

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Mbuso Khoza, a vocalist and songwriter with a rich and unique sound, has come a long way since boarding a taxi to Johannesburg armed with R120 and a desire to meet his icon, late gospel legend Vuyo Mokoena.

In February 2012 Khoza launched his album Zilindile at a glittering event at Bassline, Johannesburg. His first single “Eshowe” named after his birthplace, was a mid-tempo, easy listening tune which talks of the challenges he has overcome.  The album is a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with Jazz elements – showcasing the true depth of his artistic and diverse talent displayed without constraint. The 12 track album is produced by KZN Jazz pianist and music director Nduduzo Makhathini was roped in to create Khoza’s unique sound.  A spiritual man by nature, tracks such as “Ibusise” and “Zulu’elphuzulu” give thanks to his maker for blessing the works of his hands. In 2013 Zilindile was awarded with a Metro FM award for Best Contemporary Jazz.

He will be performing  in Luthuli Museum, Groutville Friday 10 October
at 6pm tickets at the door will cost