HE WALKED off with two of the biggest awards of the night – Song of the Year for his sensational hit Jezebel and Best Kwaito Album for the fabulous University of Kalawa Jazmee – at the recent Metro FM Music Awards. And with these awards Professor Langa proved he had well and truly emerged from the shadow of T’zozo, the kwaito star he teamed up with at the start of his career. Professor (32) is a star in his own right now – and with the glow of his night of triumph still radiating from him, we sit him down and get to know him better...
So how did it feel, winning those two huge awards?
I was very nervous when the nominees for the first award, Best Kwaito Album, were read out and when my name was called I was over the moon. When I won the Song of the Year award I couldn’t even celebrate because I had to be on stage afterwards and perform. I had to push my excitement down and get on with it.
Where are the awards now?
Here with me. I don’t want to let them out of my sight!
Jezebel is the first single off the album and it’s receiving rave reviews countrywide.
Yes, everyone is talking about it. The reception from fans has been overwhelming. I honestly didn’t expect it to become so big. So many people knew about it after only a week!
Now imoto, the second single, is peaking Just in time for the festive season. your creativity is paying off!
Yes, it is. Music comes naturally to me – it’s a God-given talent. I don’t stress about having material or inspiration. If it’s there, it’s there; if not, I’ll wait for the creative juices to come.
What’s the story behind the name of your album?
I called it University of Kalawa Jazmee to acknowledge the Kalawa Jazmee Records family because they schooled me to be the musician I am today. Lindelani Mkhize and Trompies legend Spikiri discovered me back in 1995. I was performing in a show and they took me under their wing.
When did you come to Joburg?
I came to Jozi in 1996. At that stage I had a lot of help from artists such as Joe Nina and Black Coffee and his group, Shana. That’s where my education started. I learnt how to produce and got my own studio.
So when did your big break finally come?
After realising I have talent, Oskido and Spikiri signed me officially as a member of the Kalawa Jazmee family in 2003. T’zozo was already well known in the kwaito industry and Oskido and Spikiri asked us to get together as a duo. That’s how that famous song of ours, Woz’ eDurban, came about. Since we are both from Durban we shot the video there and it became an instant success. It changed the Durban music scene.