Mr JazziQ on taking amapiano to next level, new album, and mourning Mpura, Killer Kau and Riky Rick

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When he heard of the tragic passing of his industry friends, he felt the walls closing in.

Mr JazziQ is one of the pioneers of Mzansi’s popular amapiano music genre. And on his journey, as an artist and record producer, the musician whose given name is Tumelo Manyoni has worked with some of the most gifted artists in SA

When he heard of Mpura, Killer Kau, TD, TOT and Green’s passing in August he says he felt the music stop and felt the shocking realisation of his own mortality sink in.

I didn’t go outside for seven days, he tells Drum.“It was a dark moment in my life because I lost friends whom I work closely with and genuinely loved.

So losing such a friend put me in a depressing state. And I couldn’t attend their funerals because I was in Ghana at the time,” he says.

The news of the death of rapper Riky Rick by suicide had the same effect on him.

Now, with his new album Mr JazziQ, who was recently trending on social media for having eight girlfriends, is celebrating life – his life, his friends’ lives, and their contributions to the music industry.

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