January 17, 2019


Ngcobo finally ready to unleash album

Bouncing back . . . Former Idol Siphelele ‘Fuze’ Ngcobo

Bouncing back . . . Former Idol Siphelele ‘Fuze’ Ngcobo

Former Idols contestant Siphelele ‘Fuze’ Ngcobo is about to release his debut album, almost three years after making it to the top three round of the popular singing competition.
The album is hot off the success of a single he released last year.

“After the good reception Nandi received last year, I was really encouraged to put an album together.

Putting a single out first was for me to test the waters because although I was on Idols and made it to the top three, I did not win, so I was not sure how people would respond to my music or if they would even remember me,” Ngcobo told The Weekly during his visit to the City of Roses over the weekend which they spend mostly at Windmill Casino.

The Durban-born singer said when his single became a success, he got back into the studio to work on his album, which he named Impumelelo.

“I am an Afro pop artist, and although I would love to crossover to other genres later in my career, right now I am going to focus on being a great Afro pop artist and that is what my album is going to be,” said bubbly Ngcobo adding love would be the predominant subject on the debut album.

“It’s all about love for me and that’s what the fans are going to get here,” he said, stating that they would also be other songs dealing with different subjects such dreams and dealing with life’s hurdles.

Ngcobo said he wanted to do music that his fans will relate to hence the decision to have a bit of everything to cater for different groups.

Although Ngcobo never went on to win Idols, he credits the show for being the spring that helped him jumpstart his career. “Idols definitely helped me develop my singing, especially within Afro pop. The show and the people who work on it all helped me.”

Ngcobo is also an independent artist, putting his album together with his own money.

“Look being an independent star is not easy; it’s a hustle everyday but I would not change that. Many record labels have approached me with great deals but for me, making music is my business and I want to own it and be part of every aspect of it.”

Being involved in every aspect of the process means he gets to communicate his creative direction to the producers. “I think the producers are a little tired of me because I am always in the studio making sure that everything is perfect, I know what I want,” he pointed out.

The rising star said that so far, one of his biggest highlights was singing with Grammy award winning American singer, Regina Belle.

Ngcobo sang with Belle at her South African concert after she saw a video of him singing and personally requested that he perform with her.

“I cannot begin to explain how humbling that experience was for me. You would expect a star as big as her to sing with an established South African artist, but she wanted me. She was so warm and welcoming from the moment I met her, it really was a huge moment for me,” he looks back.

Ngcobo hopes to release his album in September.

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