DORMANT local Kwaito music trailblazer Skulile Mpofu, has erupted like a volcano after a five year hiatus, owing to a coterie of factors, Zim Morning Post Lifestyle can reveal.
The “Hamba Lobani” hitmaker, who took the industry by storm with a dazzling combination with her brother Mbekezeli “Pozee” Mpofu, is back with a bang!
She belongs to the school of pioneering urban groovers who were beneficiaries of the then information minister Jonathan Moyo’s seventy-five percent local content legislation.
She released a scotching hot single titled ‘Dakona’ featuring Deejay Holy (real name (Eutychus Chamunorwa), taken off her forthcoming album ‘Rebirth’.
The song is laced with the Midas Touch of Deejay Holy on production and he infused some Amapiano flavour in the instrumental.
Deejay Holy is the director of VivaCity Arts Association an organization with a mandate to scout, groom and empower talent.
Sku did not disappoint as her silky voice reverberated in Zulu language and Shona.
The single is a typical dance and feel good track that will test her fans’ nimble feet (or lack thereof).
Already, a dance challenge to the title track has gone viral on social media.
In an exclusive interview with Zim Morning Post Lifestyle, the Victoria Falls based diva revealed why she had ‘taken a break from the game’.
She said she was juggling between running her father’s restaurant and fulfilling her role as a wife.
“I’ve been silent due to many things actually the main one was that I needed to take a breather from the music industry because I needed to rest for a while.
“ New things had cropped up, I was helping my dad with his restaurant business, met my husband got married whilst all that was happening I was drifting away from the music scene so getting back was no longer top priority really,” she said.
Sku is a mother to a nine-year- old daughter and she revealed that she is now divorced although she was not at liberty to share grounds of the parting.
The Kwaito star’s last production was in 2016 when she had turned gospel.
“ I did a single and the song was a gospel one called Sbusiso Sami, this was a dedication to the man above for being ever faithful to His word on what I went through in life,” she narrated.
Her relocation to Victoria Falls from Bulawayo, ‘killed the vibe’ of the production, she said.
Sku also revealed that she worked behind the scenes and was not completely out of the game during the five year sabbatical.
“I’ve always been in the game but behind the scenes.
“ As you know, I work alongside my brother PoZee so we were grooming and mentoring two upcoming artists from our label called Kas-no-valo.
The artists are YTK and Amina and they are major and will blow up soon.
“I also featured in some of their tracks as well,” said Sku.
Asked on her view on the evolution of the music industry, she replied:
“The game has definitely changed in a big way, this time it’s now easier to market your stuff because of the technology, uploading your music online and interacting directly with fans.
“We no longer rely mainly on television and radio like during our time,”she said.
“Our fan base is much broader now and that that is good.
“The advantage is keeping tabs on what is trending, either music or fashion.”
She said she adopted the Amapiano sound to fall in sync with trends, but she will not dump her signature sound that brought her on the limelight.
“Nah (sic) it’s not my new sound, definitely not, it’s that that we following with the current sound that is trending to satisfy our fans.
“So what I will do is work on my old songs on an Amapiano note,” explained the diva.
Speaking on the Covid 19 pandemic, she urged people to religiously follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health guidelines and protocol.
Meanwhile, former Information minister Jonathan Moyo, who is credited for introducing the 75 percent local content on radio, endorsed Sku’s latest project.
“Kubonga mina Sku.You are an iconic trailblazer, umavula indlela, the pride of Mthwakazi, and an inspiration to multitudes out there.Keep the fire burning.Siyaziqhenya ngawe, njengabasundu!” tweeted Moyo.
The song is available on all digital platforms…….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZCeCYWrKKs