Since his return to the music industry; Afro-pop singer Ntando Bangani has been working tireless to regain his former glory. After leaving TS records many moons ago, his career took a decline and he was nowhere to be seen. In 2017 he made a solid comeback to the music industry and signed under Muthaland Records, former Ghetto Ruff and his career bounced back.
At this year’s South African Music Awards, Ntando has been nominated for the Best Afro Pop category for his album Mayibuye up against former TS records artists Mafikizolo, Zahara, Blaq Diamon and Robbie Malinga.
“I have worked with all those artists and I am happy to be up against people whose contribution to the music is strong,” Ntando told Drum.
When he took a break from doing music and focusing on his personal life he dreaded watching award ceremonies.
“I won’t lie, awards and big music ceremonies that I was not part of got to me a little bit and I was hurt But I told myself that I still had a plan and I won’t give up.”
Ntando says although he did not like seeing people do what he did best; he still felt hopeful about his comeback.
“I hated seeing people attend awards because it is where I wanted to be but I was happy at the same time because they were raising the flag for the Afro-pop genre which some people thought had died.
Ntando says he knew his comeback would take time. “I don’t do things for awards and my return was because of the people who believed in me and because of my passion.”While Ntando was away, he lost his home after it was repossessed by the bank, he separated from the mother of his children but says even losing his most treasured possessions did not keep him down.“I would still make music in my private space in the hope that one day; I make a comeback and I am honoured to be nominated at this year’s South African Music Awards,” he says.This year’s South African Music Awards will take place on 2 June 2018 in Sun City