Nathi’s sold-out show thrills fans

Nathi Mankayi’s fans packed the Guild Theatre in East London to capacity on Friday to watch the multi-award winning singer performing live.
The show, dubbed Qeqe Wave Invading East London, saw Nathi performing songs mainly from his latest offering, Iphupha Labantu, but he also took the crowd down memory lane with popular hits like Nomvula, Nomakanjani, Imibuzo and Noba ngumama.
It was Nathi’s first time in the Eastern Cape since the album’s release.Speaking to the Dispatch after the performance, Nathi said he was happy that, despite releasing the album under his own music label, Mankayi Media, his fans were still behind him.
“Without sounding arrogant, I knew leaving my previous company would not really affect my career. I had faith that talent would sustain me.“People came in their numbers. I feel humble and I appreciate their support,” he said.Nathi said he felt good that the purpose of the album had been accomplished.
“My aim was to make my supporters happy and I saw that they were happy with it” he said.
Nathi said he fed off the crowd’s energy.“This proves that I did not come here for nothing.
There is nothing that gives a singer more fulfilment than performing to a full house,” he said. Zandile Platjie said she had enjoyed every second.“He lived up to my expectations and it was worth the money I spent on buying the ticket,” she said.
Another fan, Nontuthuzelo Mpendu said she was happy that she had attended the show.“I enjoyed it. It was worth my time.
He is still good.” Nathi said his fans can look forward to his live DVD recording as his next project.“It will feature songs from all my three albums,” he said.Event organiser Luzuko Khohli said he was pleased with the support.“This was one of the shows that sold out, which means people still love Nathi,” he said...

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