There is nothing more exciting in the music scene than the arrival of new talent, taking into account the million-dollar question of whether that newcomer will stand the test of time in this challenging industry.
The new kid on the block, who goes by the moniker Bhuda, was born Paul Madondo 29 years ago in Sobantu, outside Pietermaritzburg, mentions Mduduzi `Mandoza’ Tshabalala, Bonginkosi `Zola 7’ Dlamini, Big Nuz and DJ Cleo as inspiration. That is in addition to his dear mother, on whom he heaps showers of praises “for her massive support in my quest to make it in the dog-at-dog music industry.”
Bhuda’s debut album titled Majaivane, featuring producer Presley `Biblos’ Ledwaba, was released during the previous Festive Season, with a promise of something `different, better, bigger and hotter’ in local kwaito circles. Under Jackie Sithole’s Cr8ive Nest Entertainment record label, it took eight months to knock the Majaivane 10-track album together.
Explains Bhuda: “We were about to finish shooting our video, and were fully booked for a number of performances with my spectacular dancers Ishmael and George, but we had to postpone everything, as a gesture of respect for our late icon of democracy, Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.”
He recalls their final performance at the Ambassador Hotel in Hillbrow, where multitudes of music lovers packed the venue to capacity. “It was a night to remember as they sang along, kept asking for more, and out-danced themselves till the early hours of the next morning.”
Like all starry-eyed youngsters, Bhuda relocated to Jozi for better opportunities, having worked with a Durban-based Sonke Record Company and clinching dozens of performances at Bat Centre, the Banana City’s beehive of entertainment.
“It takes patience and ambition, and not giving up on one’s dreams. Also, you learn from those who came before you and had made their mark,” declares Bhuda, who has shared the stage with the best in local music, including Bulelwa `Zahara’ Mkutukana, Ntando Bangani and the late Brown Dash.
As a social responsibility, Bhuda spends his leisure time composing beats for upcoming kwaito musicians at Cr8ive Nest, and help them keep them away from mischief associated with idleness like drugs and other abuse of
other addictive substances.