A talented vocalist, songwriter, producer and DJ, Andile Hlanze - better known as Andyboi, has been passionate about music his whole life. Singing since the age of four, his performances started in the youth choir at his church and by the time he turned 15 he started to take his music a lot more seriously.
Interestingly, Andyboi was close childhood friends with Soul Candi’s very own, DJ Cuebur. They started producing house music together in high school and several of their tracks quickly gained popularity on local radio stations. After high school, the two music-mad friends, left their hometown, Middelburg in Mpumalanga, to pursue their great dreams in the City of Gold, Johannesburg.
Working with a variety of different styles of house, Andyboi is known for being involved with genres like Afro, Soul, Deep and Electronic. His unique ability to add his own lyrics and vocals to his productions has proved to be a great strength in creating his tracks. His voice, often described as strong and soulful with a sweet feminine flair has resulted in him being featured in many other productions from artists like Shimza on the track “ We Going Higher” and Cuebur on the hit songs “Ngiyazifela” and “Be There”.
As a vocalist, Andyboi has featured in chart topping songs like “Usangkhumbula” which was a collaboration with successful artists Kid Fonque, Okmalumkoolkat and Cuebur. Equally as successful was “uMajaivane”, a track in which he collaborated with DJ Whisky and Bricks. Both these tracks reached the number 1 spot on the YFM Top 40, Bomb Chart and the Hot Dance99. Looking further back, Andyboi also worked on a track with Infinite Boys called “Round & Round” which did exceptionally well, reaching Number 3 on the YFM Top 40 and number 1 on the Bomb and Hot Dance Chart. He later released a solo EP through Soul Candi Records in 2013 which included successful instrumental songs like “4am”, “See” and “Naked Eye”. Following the success of these tracks, as well as several remixes he has done, Andyboi will be releasing his first studio album in April 2014 called Trail Evolution.
Besides being busy in the studio of late, he is no stranger to live performances. He has been a part of various events and shared the stage with some of SA’s finest artists such as Zahara, Mi Casa, Liquideep, Big Nuz, Teargas and Bucie to mention only a few. On an international scale, Andyboi was invited to open the stage for Madonna in the US in 2012 but unfortunately was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. This incredible opportunity served as inspiration for Andyboi to work even harder, pursuing his dreams of sharing his music on a global scale.
Andyboi wants to start this international journey by first touring within the borders of his own country, the beautiful South Africa. He hopes that 2014, with the release of his album, will bring many opportunities to tour the country, performing at each small town and every big event. Producing a fresh sound, Andyboi is aiming to provide his fans with “good music that will soothe their souls and keep them dancing”. This undoubtedly, is a passion that cannot be undone.