FROM humble beginnings as a street performer in Kwazakhele at the age of eight, Vuyo “Mvovo” Goxani is realising his dream as he jets off from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg today to be mentored by hip hop artist Khuli Chana after winning the BlackBerry Talent Search competition.
The annual competition invites students from all South African universities to audition in the genres of poetry, dance, rapping and singing. After finishing second overall last year, Goxani, 24, managed to better his position this year despite never officially entering the competition.
“I forgot about the competition this year and failed to complete an entry form. But when the auditions came to NMMU in April, I asked Khuli if I could perform one song. He said yes and I made sure to blow their socks off, which I did,” he said.
“The organisers phoned about a month ago to say I had won the competition! I was and still am overwhelmed with joy to be mentored for a full year by Khuli Chana. I have always been a fan of his music and look to artists like him for inspiration on my own tracks.”
As part of the mentorship, Goxani will perform alongside some of the biggest names on the SA hip hop scene, including AKA, HHP and Teargas.
“[Today] will be the biggest performance of my life. I am going to perform in front of 5000 people at Maftown Heights. I am not intimidated, though,” the NMMU third-year music student said. “The point of the whole of the next year is creating exposure for myself in the industry and gaining knowledge about it.
“Through working with Khuli, I will be exposed to his network of contacts, which is good news for me.”
His song, Passion, with its unique mix of Xhosa and English rapping, was what blew the judges away.
“Music is a major part of my life. I have based my life on it. My studies and future career will, God willing, be in the line of music.
“And this is the first step to making all those dreams come true. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.I will ensure I make the most of it,” he said.