Maskandi artist Mbuzeni Mkhize may have lost to Sgwebo Sentambo in the Best Maskandi Album category at this year’s South African Music Awards, but the artist will be taking his music to the global audience following his collaboration with Rihanna.
The artist was nominated in the category alongside Thokozani, Ofeleba, and Ichwane Lebhaca.
Mbuzeni reportedly caught Rihanna’s attention after performing his rendition of her hit song Diamonds in Istanbul in April last year.
The artist told Thabo Mdluli and Bob Mabena on Power Breakfast on Tuesday morning that he would be writing a love song and the two musicians would be in studio in December to work on their song.
Listen to his rendition of Diamonds:
While in Istanbul, the musician also performed his songs and wowed the audience with his guitar skills.
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South Africans have taken to social media to wish him well on his new venture:
Rihanna will do a song with Mbuzeni Mkhize ????
This is big for Maskandi.
Lets Congratulate Mbuzeni ????
— BONGINKOSI (@Last4Real) July 9, 2019
this Mbuzeni Mkhize rendition of Rihanna "Diamonds", like kids these days would say: slaps so hard
— Señor Phûmzî Le Sâlènî (@ThisIsSaleni) July 9, 2019
I think if I had a car I'd jamming to this Mbuzeni Mkhize's song, remix ye Shine bright like a diamond…@Mabutho_X56 Maskandi is something else…
— Dumizulu Ka Nkwanyana???????? (@FrankNkwanyane) July 9, 2019
— pasani rikhotso (@pasani_r) July 9, 2019
Maskandi artist Mbuzeni Mkhize to collaborate with Rihanna.
Black Child is Possible.. pic.twitter.com/CuPsGYYPAq
— GENERAL (@Aggrey_idol) July 9, 2019
I LOVE Mbuzeni Mkhize's version of Rihanna's Shine Bright like a Diamond. What a JAM @rihanna. It SLAPS ❤❤❤. Ohhhhhh what a JAM
— Mihlali Gqada (@Mihlali_Gqada) July 9, 2019
While your little celebrities were "living it up" at the July over the weekend, Mbuzeni Mkhize was on call with the one and only Robyn Riahanna Fenty, talking about a song they'll be doing together soon!????????
— Shumi ley'nkezo Ngubane (@Maqhawe_Ngubane) July 8, 2019
What a Brillliant version of "Shine bright Like a Diamond" Khazimula Artist Mbuzeni Mkhize #Mbuzeni #Khazimula @Powerfm987 #Powerbreakfast @mabena_bob @iamthabomdluli @Fifi_CM @SkepeMatsebane #Rihanna
— Chairman Mo (@momokhesi) July 9, 2019
— Migraine-panado (@SphaMkhize3) July 9, 2019