Ntando Bangani(PHOTO: Gallo images/ Getty images)
Since his return to the music industry;
Afro-pop singer Ntando Bangani has been working tireless to regain his former
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
“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
“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