Gift Selaelo Morukhuladi, who goes by the stage name MVZZLE, is not just another name in the music industry. This incredibly talented individual was the mastermind behind the hit track ‘Umlilo’ by DJ Zinhle, which set the airwaves on fire. Not limiting his talents to production, he also featured on Donald’s recent single, 'Black Love'. Now, with the backing of Warner Music South Africa, MVZZLE is set to embark on his solo musical journey.
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Early Days and Musical Roots
Born in Musina and brought up in the village of Mountain View, MVZZLE's musical roots run deep. His mother, a businesswoman, and his father, initially a Conductor and later the Band Master of the SA Army Band, undoubtedly influenced his passion. MVZZLE fondly remembers his childhood days spent with his grandmother before moving to Polokwane International Gateway to join his parents.
Self-Taught and Determined
In 2006, MVZZLE's passion for music was evident. As a Grade 6 learner, he taught himself to play drums using unconventional instruments – a desk and ruler. Two years later, his brother introduced him to the world of digital music production through Reason 4, a music production software. While he began his production journey with Hip-Hop and R&B, by 2016, he had pivoted to house music.
Pursuing the Dream
Choosing passion over conventional wisdom, MVZZLE dropped out of college to chase his musical dream. His talent didn't go unnoticed. The South African Arts and Culture Youth Forum recognized his potential, offering him opportunities to showcase his skills at esteemed events like Major League Gardens and the Mapungubwe Arts Festival.
Breakthrough and Recognition
2018 was a transformative year for MVZZLE. Participating in SABC 1's DJ competition, 1's and 2's, he secured a commendable third place. This achievement opened doors. After the competition, he reached out to the renowned DJ Zinhle with two beats. One of them would go on to become the platinum hit 'Umlilo', a collaboration proposed by Rethabile through a simple Instagram DM to DJ Zinhle.
Gift Selaelo Morukhuladi, professionally known as Mvzzle, might be a fresh face to some, but his contributions to South African music are notable. DJ Zinhle's 'Umlilo', which he produced, not only received multi-platinum certification but also achieved a staggering 5.1 million streams in just three months. The track's success led to a second video release in December and bagged multiple award nominations.
Success often comes with its set of challenges. While 'Umlilo' basked in its glory, winning awards and nominations, controversies arose. DJ Zinhle faced allegations of buying nominations for the song. Despite the setbacks, the song's success remains undeniable, with MVZZLE's craftsmanship at its core.
MVZZLE's Journey: A Testament to Passion
From tapping beats on a school desk to producing multi-platinum hits, MVZZLE's journey is a testament to unwavering passion, resilience, and raw talent. As he stands on the cusp of his solo career with Warner Music South Africa, the industry awaits the magic MVZZLE is set to create next.