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Entertainment - Date: 07 May 2020
Written by: Mbulaheni Ridovhona / Viewed: 4690
Born and bred in Shayandima, Mizo Phyll has become a household name across South Africa and an inspiration to young artists.
Waving the Venda flag high, and truly embracing his culture, Mizo Phyll has made a solid name for himself in the music industry and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
The 33-year-old Mizo Phyll said he started listening to hip-hop music during his early childhood. He got his influence from well-known musicians such Nas, Tupac, Colbert Mukwevho, Jay-Z, Mase, and Bob Marley.
The name Mizo Phyll, he said, was inspired by chlorophyll which is a substance found in trees and plants to give them their green colour. Throughout his sterling career, he has released hit songs such as Vimba, Tshikandeledzi, Zwo naka hani, Khotsi ashu, Muthu wangu and Venda's anthem. His albums are The Mizo Phyll Album, My African Dream, and Mapubungwe.
His famous single Tshikandeledzi was nominated for the best Tshivenda hip-hop single at the SATMA awards in 2009. He won the best Tshivenḓa hip-hop album award with his album My African Dream at the Tshivenda Music Awards in 2012.
In 2012, he established the University of Swag with Zwivhuya Nemaungani, which aims to unearth young talent in Limpopo.
He also won the best collaboration award at the I am hip-hop awards in December 2014. In 2015, he won the best hip-hop artist award at the FAME SA Awards.
The latest album, The Mizo Phyll Album is available at all digital stores.
He is busy preparing an EP and a new album. For bookings, he can be reached at 072 041 6041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mizo Phyll. Photo: Zwivhuya Nemaungani.
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.