Duo sacrifices careers for music

Keith Mlauzi

MUSIC is my calling!

Those words aptly describe William Sampind (30) who left his job at an e-commerce company in Cape Town to follow his musical dream.

Now he’s known by his stage name King B1.

“I was based in Cape Town with a good job but it wasn’t fulfilling for me so sometime last year the musical calling grew louder. That’s when I decided to drop everything and come back home and start working on music,” said Sampind.

The Hip Hop artiste came back home in March 2018 and says so far he has done great things and for the first time he feels fulfilled doing what he really loves.

“When I left everything I had in Cape Town I never thought I would make it but all I had was hope and faith, but it has been good it seems I’m doing great, I’m being recognised and it’s what makes me happy,” he added.

Sampind has been nominated for the best chorus at the Changamire Hip Hop Awards set to take place at Club Sankayi in Harare on 30 January.

“I am being noticed, I’ve been nominated for the best Hip Hop chorus and so far I am doing great.  I will be having so many collaborations this year,” he said.

High Risks and low returns

It was not the same for an up-and-coming gqom artiste Kevin Makhosi (25) who left his Shisa Nyama in Johannesburg. He even broke up with his girlfriend in pursuit of fame and fortune through music. But it all amounted to nothing.

“I’m not happy with the results of my music I know that I make international beats but that seems to be falling on deaf ears,” he said. Makhosi spent all he had trying to promote his failed album.

“I have sacrificed a lot for this industry. I left my lifestyle, even broke up with my girlfriend, and obviously the good life in South Africa thinking I will make it here at home but things didn’t turn out the way I expected,” he added.

But he still has faith.

“I’m still positive that I will make it. This year I will release my second album and I am hopeful that I will sell 100 000 copies before year end,” he said.