A song not to give up

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Samuel Mono, known as Sir Zito

Samuel Mono, who goes by the name Sir Zito, is currently working on a music album with what he explained as “numerous dope acts”, and which include Given gold, C.Lab, Kenny Mc’vital, Relebohile, Portia Muller. The title of the album will be Tumelo. Sir Zito has been in a music industry for about 16 years.

“I started my music journey back in 2005 in Wepener, Free State under Youth Explosion Crew. I was only 15 back then.” He explained that he was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to share the stage with the likes of PK Dimera and Funkmobb when he was still doing Kwaito and as he was learning how to contain his brand in the industry. Mono said Zito is the name he was given by Thapelo, someone who taught him and guided him during his days at Youth Explosion Crew. Zito started doing house music as a Dj in 2010, which is when he decided to change his name to Dj Zito. “I rebranded as Sir Zito when my brand was introduced to mainstream by Given Gold from Shota Music.”

Sir Zito’s recent single with C.Lab, “Phumelela”, was inspired by the struggle they experience as artists from rural backgrounds. “It has always seemed impossible for us who are disadvantaged in terms of getting relevant platforms in creative sector but we always try our best to pull the necessary strings for our music to get out there.” That is why they named the song “Phumelela”, meaning “no matter the obstacles and difficulties, eventually I will make it”.

Mono grew up in a family that love entertainment, his uncle and late brother were pantsula dancers, and he would always attend their rehearsals. That’s how he fell in love with music. “For the future, I am hoping to collaborate with Tshidi Mhono (Malaika), Martin Phike (Ghetto Lingo). I will just continue throwing the dice and see what happens.”

Corn Koteli

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