I’m Shabzi Madallion, recording artist, sound engineer, songwriter and poet from KZN, was raised in Johannesburg but my roots are in Polokwane.
Why Hip Hop?
Hip Hop because it is one of the most honest genres. Im always writing about what im experiencing. Hip Hop allows you to say things you wouldn’t necessarily hear in other genres and I needed a place where I can express who I am.
Describe your sound in three words?
Raw, authentic and honest
What motivated you to make ‘For The People?’
I was in a space where people kept asking me for something more commercial. I am not the type of artist who goes into studio and says, “let me go and make commercial music.” I am the type of artist who makes music based on emotion. This project specifically was subconsciously made for the people who have really been following my work and new listeners
Advice to people who want to compete in the Vuzu Hustle?
Don’t depend on the show to put you on, in the way you want to be put on. While the show is on make sure you dropping music to show people that you are putting the work in and that’s going to help you maintain a loyal audience.
Are you a record deal person?
Yes & No.
Yes, depending on what the deal is, how much of myself is immersed in that deal. Sometimes you do get great deals that benefit the artist and the label. Most artists can only negotiate a good deal if the he/she has leverage in terms of fan base and that is what I am trying to build.
No, if the deal doesn’t cater to my needs at all.
Who are the people that inspire you?
My father, he is the hardest working person I know.
My mother, she is the most honest person I know.
Nicky, the person behind my visuals because he is so passionate in his craft.
My brother’s Pulė & Thabiso because their support in me inspires me and what I believe in. Blass, the producer who also inspires me because of the investment in the craft.
When did you know music is your calling?
When people started reacting to it from a, “i relate to it” perspective. When someone reached out to me and said my song helped them mend a relationship with their father. This started happening eight years ago.
Why the name Shabzi Madallion?
Many people don’t know that the name stems from my real name, Leshaba .. it means “For The People” and “mad” stems from the crazy alter ego I have. Lion because the family clan I’m from are lions and I have a big liking for the animal.
What can people expect from you in the future?
More visuals from the “For The People” EP, one or two collaborations from artists I have worked with and possibly another project in 2018.