You never quite know what to expect when you meet an artist for the first time. Some are cold, some are talkative and some are in a shady place in-between but it’s almost unheard of to meet one who converses with you like you’re a long lost friend. But that’s the pleasure I had when I got to interview Tumi Modibedi or more popularly known as Miza, the guy behind the smash hit, Superhero.
“Sometimes I just don’t sleep. A lot of the times I’m a zombie.”
It’s somewhat unfair to call Miza a jack-of-all-trades because Jack was never really a master at one. But Miza has excelled at all he has set out to do. He does admit though that each venture came with its own set of challenges.
We can’t help but both laugh when he states that he once auditioned for Yizo Yizo, but even though he didn’t get the part, the prophetic statement he made back in high school that “I’m gonna be famous” kept him going and now not only does he feature in several hit TV shows but he is also the hands behind the current radio hit, Feelings featuring Noluthando Meje (Nolly).
Having one album in the bag, numerous hit singles and another album on the way, you’d be surprised to know that Miza’s first love is acting and his music production side is actually the result of the close relationship he has with successful producer Nutty Nys.
After lending a helping hand with Nutty’s own hit, Nka Mo Dira, his long time friend made him an offer he couldn’t refuse; the chance to work on his own album. Having started the Trevor Edmund Group together amongst other ventures, working on Miza’s own album was the next obvious step. Funny enough the biggest track on the album, Superhero featuring Flabba, was the last song to be done for the album and took just 40 minutes to produce.
Jumping back to present day, Feelings, has taken the airwaves by storm and has its own interesting story. When Miza got Nolly into the studio, they recorded a totally different song but it just didn’t have the same appeal to the magic man. So two days later Nolly was back in studio and Feelings was recorded. Once all was said and done, Miza seemed to be the only one who believed in the track and he eventually found himself pushing the song to radio stations all over South Africa like a hungry unsigned artist. Evidently the resilience paid off.
With his string of hits, it’s no surprise that Miza is having a little bit of a hard time selecting the follow up single, “I have about 5 other tracks that could follow after Feelings”. So we can only sit and wait to see what Miza will drop next. Alongside this follow up single, the album is due for release later this year but he makes it very clear that he won’t put himself under pressure to get it out. But it’s obviously worth the wait.
Straying away from the music for a bit, Miza also explains how he is passionate about giving back to those who are less fortunate. Alongside his annual fundraising event, Black and Gold, where he throws a party around the time of his own birthday in June, for the less fortunate, he also holds motivational talks for anyone willing to listen, from schools to prisons.
“Sometimes I just don’t sleep. A lot of the times I’m a zombie.” That’s Miza’s explanation as to how he manages to achieve all of this. And as taxing as it may be, it surely does pay off. One can only pray that Miza doesn’t abandon any particular passion over the other, for the world can’t help but love anything that he works on. ‘We can’t control it. It’s just that feeling.’