South African musician Loyiso Bala says remaining authentic has given him staying power in the music industry.
Bala has received numerous awards over the past 20 years of his career, making his mark both on the local and international scene.
I was one of the first artists to write songs that are built in my home language, isiXhosa as well as in English.— Loyiso Bala, musician
I always believe that music has to represent who you are. That's when you are being authentic.— Loyiso Bala, musician
You last longer when you are being authentic.— Loyiso Bala, musician
He says his transition from RnB music to the gospel genre has been an expression of purpose and what is on his heart.
I'd never said I'd write RnB or pop, I just write whatever is in my heart.— Loyiso Bala, musician
All that ever came out in my heart was what people call gospel music. It wasn't a decision to say I'm going gospel.— Loyiso Bala, musician
Bala says he only discovered that he could turn his passion for music into a career as a teenager.
I actually didn't even see music as a career because everyone around me sang. To us, it was like walking.— Loyiso Bala, musician
He talks about how his song Give Me The Night came to be, meeting musician George Benson, his musical upbringing and his own family.
Listen to him reflect on his musical journey:
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