It was so nerve wrecking seating and actually looking and hearing them sing in front of my eyes since I have been well one of there groupies. Umgungundlovu Fm hosted this young dynamic duet who have been entertaining us on the X_Factor South Africa for the past 2 months, because I am an opportunistic young naive man I high jacked them after they have given an amazing performance live on air where I saw ma Busi Mhlongo flying around Khanyisa Mbuthu and Mbongeni Mavuso who make up the fashionable, different, proud to be Zulu, IziQhaza.
I got to be in there presence and ask them a few questions and they were humble enough to accept my request. While I was with them they never were proud or boastful about being number 3 on the X Factor. They looked more like they were hungry for more because what they have worked hard for since they met in 2008 and only started singing together in 2010 is a dream they can live.
The duet is made of 2 proud nurses Khanyisa Mbuthu who is a proud mom of a 7 year old son who says is an afrocentric woman who is connected with her Zulu African roots and Mbongeni Mavusi who is a 26 years old young man and says is a loving and fun person who also is very much connected to umvelinqangi (GOD) and loves making jocks and boy was I taken for a LOL joy ride.
Q/A How would you sum up the X Factor experience ?
Khanyi_ it was very stressful and we worked to meet up deadlines. I will all ways be grateful for the experience and it humbles me that South Africa Voted for us until the last show. Thank you Mzansi.
Mbonge_ it was work after work and a humbling experience. Some times felt liking giving up but the love of what we do and with Mzansi’s support, we kept giving our best week after week. Thank you to every one who voted for us.
Q/A What is it that you think carried you this far to the competition?
Khanyi_ God and believing in our talent and obvious Oskido who believed in what we have got to offer Mzansi.
Mbonge_ God and the people of Mzansi for voting and believing in us. The twitter massages and on facebook siyabonga ngempela
Q/A You have entered competitions before and have been separated, do you think you boost each other?
Mbonge_ Obvious other wise we wouldn’t be a duet.. lol we influence each other and being friends makes it even easier.
Khanyi_ We make each other and we compliment each other I do not think I will be good with out Mbongeni.
Q/A what does it mean to be top 3 on an internationally recognized show?
Khanyi_ exposure and it means our work is seen my millions and more opportunities.
Mbonge_ yes exposure and more pressure because we have shown what we can offer on not just an local scale but the worlds.
Q/A You are different, do you think being different plays a big role?
Khanyi_ Yes, even the way we dress, we are staying true to who we are and love color, African prints and building the IziQhaza brand where we say be isiqhaza that you are and love who you are.
Mbonge_ Yes we love Africa, our culture and want to say what was mistaken as lower, un-educated class. we giving it its true meaning where it was worn with pride and joy and separated the zulu clan from others.
Q/A If you guys were to meet Mandela what is the one thing that you would do or ask him?
Khanyi_ Sing for him, we wrote a song called eduze noMandela which we say we just want to be in his present and feel his aura.
Mbongeni_ yes, you know that place above clouds when you in a plane, that is above clouds, we would love to just be in his quiet state of mind.
Q/A what is it that has made you hold on and keep making the music you bless us with?
Mbongeni_ it is our dream we wish to perform for millions and for our music to be recognized internationally.
Khanyi_we are building a brand and we coming with a different style that is QAZIFIED!!! LOL!
Q/A In your community what is the one thing you would love to change?
Mbongeni_ its hard to get in the music industry and we would love to see more recognition for different art and not focus on just one stream of music..
Khanyi_ they should be a way to equally distribute local talent. More support is needed from the department of Arts To recognize different talents we have in our country.
If you wondering where to get there music you can go to ITunes and download or you can follow the on twitter @IziQhazamusic1.