It has been a hot minute since we’ve been blessed with some new tunes from the indie-pop Durbanite singer-songwriter, Majozi. But according to his socials, that’s because the SAMA-nominated muso has been doing the most since lockdown struck last year.
When Texx Talks S3 E7 aired in November last, we got a taste of what Majozi had been up to while he was locked down from his version of home studio sessions, #GetNakedAtHome, to contracting the mumps (yikes), and starting a binge-worthy Instagram video series of short, weekly lockdown wrap-ups called #LockdownMaj.
#LockdownMaj might have been a fun idea that gave Majozi’s audience a chance to follow his gym goals, bare witness to his badass baking skills, and see what he likes to watch on Netflix as he says he was glad to be able to “use this platform to spread more joy and highlight the positive things that people are doing during these crazy times”, but on a more serious note, Majozi divulged that in many ways, lockdown pushed him creatively.
Someone else who plays a major role in Majozi’s life is his girlfriend and muse, Daniela to the extent that in November last year, Majozi released “Falling” – an emotive love ballad as well as the first song he’s dedicated to the “love of his life”.
Daniela’s journey with depression and anxiety inspired the coveted cherry red Majerzeys which came out last year in a campaign to raise awareness around mental health. All profits are donated to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).
Fast-forward to today and Majozi has returned to the airwaves with yet another punchy love ballad, “Close To You” fit with a baby bear mascot named Cielito (meaning ‘little heaven’) gifted to Majozi by Daniela on their second anniversary of being together. I mean!
Co-written by musical friend and peer, Jethro Tait, “Close To You” is a true Majozi, heart-on-his-sleeve hit with an extra twist, as he pushes his indie-folk roots a little further into the pop genre, with an ’80s-inspired big-build throwback bridge of saxophone.
Majozi has been dropping hits for seven years now and has garnered love and support from fans and peers alike not only for his music, but his genuine approach to others. “Close To You” is not only an ode to love but also a track to make people smile and their hips sway to some good ol’ Majozi magic!