[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE

[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature

MAJOZI releases his debut full length album, FIRE, his sophomore release with Universal Music and the follow up to his highly acclaimed EP Mountains. Fire debuted at #3 on the iTunes Top 10 album charts on the day of release.

The majority of the album was written over the course of the past year, with the exception of his hugely successful singles ‘Fire‘ and ‘Darling‘, which come from an earlier session. The album also includes an incredible collaboration with the immensely talented Tresor as well as Majozis heartfelt contribution to the Coke Studios series, Mzali Wami, which features Bafikile and Solo.

Having recently moved to Cape Town and being almost constantly on the road over the past 6 months, Majozi’s life has offered rich inspiration for the writing of this album. He uses the songs as a way of expressing his feelings and observations as he’s grown as an artist and person during this time. Through these experiences Majozi has crafted an uplifting album founded on organic, rootsy guitars, uplifting sing-along choruses and huge vocal production that brings the listener right into the stories that Majozi artfully crafts on this record.

“My faith and how I see life through it will always be a recurring theme for me, but otherwise I tried to be more vulnerable and explore themes like heartbreak and the loss of a loved one for this album. But for the most part it still has that happy uplifting sound and hope-filled lyrics with a story behind each song,” says Majozi.

[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature

FIRE Track Listing:

  1. The Lighthouse
  2. Fire
  3. All You Need
  4. Where Do We Go
  5. Darling
  6. Breathing
  7. The Greatest Love
  8. The Woods
  9. Woodstock
  10. Our Last Goodbye
  11. Mzali Wami (Ft. Bafikile & Solo)
  12. Darling (Live ft. Paige Mac)

“I am so stoked about this album, and really proud of the sound we’ve got. Writing music is honestly the best thing I’ve ever done. Doing a full-length album gave me a lot of space to learn a lot about life and myself. It’s also an album that I hope will inspire more kids to play instruments.”

Majozi’s 2nd second single from the album ‘Breathing‘ is currently making waves across radio in South Africa:

Buy FIRE Online: https://Majozi.lnk.to/FireTP


Interview: MAJOZI

[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature

MA: Good day Majozi, its such a pleasure to be chatting to you again!! How are you doing?

AH thank you, thats so nice. I am swell thank you 😉

MA: We last spoke with the release of your EP, Mountains, which was an incredible EP. How did the country take your music?

I think it did well. The two biggest singles ‘Fire’ and especially ‘Darling’ really changed my career and I’m so grateful for that. People always come up to me with different stories about Darling being their wedding song and I always get stoked to hear that.

MA: For those who dont know your background, would you please give them a quick 101 on how you got started in music?

I recorded my first Ep Marvelous Light with my good friend Warren Meyer. It was intented just to be a fun project but it ended up going to No, 9 on SA itunes. After that I released The River as my first single. Cath Grenfell from 5fm liked it and being the legend and shared it with Universal Music, and now I’m signed with them. That was pretty much when things got serious

MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”? Has your sound changed at all over the years?

I think bands like Kings of Leon, the Killers, the Lumineers, Monark and Gangs of Ballet have influenced my sound. I’m always trying and listening to different sounds though so I think my music will change as I grow and experiment more. As long as I’m having fun and growing at the same time then I’m happy.

[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature [interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature

MA: What have been some of your highlights thus far as a band/artist?

I opened for Lumineers on their SA tour. That’s my biggest highlight. The band was amazing on and off stage, and recently I got to go to Amsterdam and play a few shows with Francois Van Coke and Die Heuwels Fantasties. It was my first overseas trip and I got to travel with legendary guys.

MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?

I’m really proud of SA bands at the moment. There generally is a lot of good SA music out there. `Not because the music is local but it’s actually great music. Radio, fans, venues and  artists should work together in getting SA music out to the people and pull in more support for bands at shows and the like. The more we work together and care about each other the better it is for everyone.

MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?

Al Bairre has been killing it at the moment. I’ve seen how hard they’ve been working and I’m really proud of them, as well as Shortstraw and December Streets. They are all going on a tour of Europe pretty soon which is such an awesome achievement. It makes me happy to see

MA: You are about to release your first full length album, called FIRE. What can we expect from this album?

Expect some uplifting songs that will make you smile and feel good as well as some other sadder songs that might make you cry, but mostly expect to end up having a smile on your face at the end of it

[interview] MAJOZI Releases Debut Album FIRE - Mixed Apples feature

MA: Will you be doing a national tour for the album?

I have a pretty busy gigging schedule already, but I will be doing a launch in Cape Town on the 2nd of June. Details will be on my facebook. I’ll  also be on a Barnyard tour with my friends Monark early in June as well, that I’m really excited about. I love Monark and I love the Barnyard 

MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?

My next music video is going to be a bit different and I’m really excited for that. I’m also working on doing a few more trips overseas too, otherwise you’ll have to wait and see 😉

MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?

Twitter- @NhlanhlaMajozi
Instagram- @Majozimusic
Facebook- Facebook.com/Majozimusic
Website –majozi.co.za

MA: Thanks for your time guys…!!

Thank you !!

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