Soul and R&B singer, songwriter Masandi has released a brand new single ‘Amagate‘, which means gate in isiZulu. After a hiatus of self-discovery and introspection, Masandi returns with a beautifully crafted single that features sing-along melodies.
Amagate is the first single which covers a new musical approach from Masandi. The lyrics – loosely translated – are about having the ‘gates opened’ (easing of lockdown restrictions) so everyone can go out and have a good time.
Amagate sees Masandi borrow from Afro sounds to give us a summer smash about longing to dance in the Summertime.
The song is also a metaphoric expression of Masandi’s decision to break out of Afro-pop and move into the Inspirational space, following a pact he made with God after a life-threatening car crash left him pleading for his life.
Sandile Cedric Mfusi Jnr aka Masandi is an R&B/Soul singer, songwriter, actor and presenter born and raised in Durban South African. Masandi was a born entertainer, who at 7 years old, began performing at church and local talent shows. Masandi was also the lead trumpeter in the school brass band. After matriculating, while pursuing a degree in Social Sciences at the University of Kwa- Zulu Natal (UKZN), Howard College (majoring in Marketing Management and Media) – his career as a model and actor, kicked off. It was during this period that he joined the hip-hop collective, Niche Fam, where he naturally became the lead singer.
The group soon won Music Group of the Year at the IKUSASA AWARDs, which was no small feat, considering their fellow nominees in the category were megastars; Freshly Ground, Locnville, The Arrows and Cashtime Fam. 2014 was the year that marked the beginning of his solo music career, after the release of his first single “Bring it Back”. The hit single attracted the attention of rapper K.O. who is also the co-founder of Cashtime Life. After a studio session with K.O., the hit single ‘One Time’ was born.
In 2016, Masandi founded his record label and released his multi–chart-topping, single “Ngane Yabantu”. This was followed by his first body of work titled; “Escalation EP” in 2017, where he worked with the likes of:
- Big NUZ
- Gemini Major
- Aewon Wolf
- August Rush (USA)
- Nana Atta
- Captain Blu (Nigeria)
As part of “Team Durban” alongside DJ Tira, Distruction Boyz, Duncan, NaakMusiq and others, they clinched the title at the Redbull Culture Clash competition. Alongside Kwesta, Masandi featured on Duncan’s Hit song “Change for Nobody”.
In 2020, the multi-talented, singer, songwriter and actor, penned a global deal with Warner Music South Africa and is well on his way to becoming a global phenomenon, in the entertainment industry.