Young Stunna: “Prayer And Hard Work go hand in hand.”
Sandile Msimango aka Young Stunna, who hails from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, tells us about his album and where he sees Amapiano in the next five years.
We got invited over to the Sony Music Africa offices to meet the man of the moment, Young Stunna aka ‘Hit Sensei’
We had to show up and show love because the timing was too perfect, it was on the day he decided to drop his debut album, “Nomatumato”
The amapiano sensation first got our attention when he featured in Felo Le Tee and Mellow and Sleazy’s smash hit, “Bopha”. Since its release, “Bopha” has been one of the most played songs across South African radio.
While we were still enjoying “Bopha” he struck again with his debut single, “Adiwele” which got Drake’s attention from Uncle Waffles’ viral video of her dancing to “Adiwele” during her set.
Adiwele became number 1 on all radio stations and playlisted worldwide.
The Yanos Plug recently sat down with Young Stunna and talked about his debut album and what inspired it.
What is the name of your new album, what inspired it?
Nomatumato means beautiful beginnings. It is inspired by where I come from, my stories, my experiences: the struggles and poverty. I am telling stories to people to motivate them to stay true to their dreams. Stick to what they want and actually pray and work hard for it.
How was the transition from hip hop to The Yanos (Amapiano)
It was scary at first because it got a lot of people talking. However, the transition from Hip-Hop to The Yanos grew my love for music and I still feel the same way I felt when I was doing Hip-Hop.
Where do you see Amapiano in the next five years?
I cant imagine! But I know that it is going to be very crazy. I see a lot of growth. There is still young talent that is going to come into the industry.
Message to the young people that look up to you.
Hard work pays off. They should not look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it. They should be themselves at all times- that works. Prayer and hard work go hand in hand.