South African artist Anathi Mnyango, better known as Anatii, kicked off the year by releasing a new single on his birthday (January 8, 1993) titled, THIXO ONOFEFE. Anatii channels his Xhosa upbringing and fuses English and Xhosa lyrics to go with this trap banger with menacing sub bass, produced by Big Les For Real, and an eccentric string of vocals. The extended title of the song, “Umthandazo Uzo Sebenza”, roughly translates to “Prayer Will Work”. Speaking of the single, he says:
“..I have always been plugged into my Xhosa culture and heritage. Going through the right of passage, ulwaluko, I connected more with that and understood my role in society, more so as a Xhosa man. I gained a broader understanding of building my relationship with God. “THIXO ONOFEFE” is my spiritual prayer and awakening, asking for a revival of good spirits, casting away sins & demons, impressing that goodness always prevails.
Anatii’s debut album “Artifact” was released in 2016 and saw him collaborating with acts like Omarion, Somali-Canadian electronic duo Faarrow amongst others. He is currently working on a follow-up.