Mbuso Khoza learned music early as a herdsman for his father’s cattle at the age of six in the KwaZulu‐Natal mountains, using melodic sounds to call and direct the cattle and practising Zulu chants during his time in the mountains. He also learnt the spiritual ancestral music amaHubo from his mother and listened to the songs of the Zionists at night.
He has come a long way since 2000 when he first arrived in Johannesburg to persue his music career. His first home in the big city were the streets and alleyways. Job‐hunting at recording studios, he built up a reputation for himself as a top backing vocalist for some of South Africa’s most sought after artists, such as Thandiswa Mazwai. During this time, he developed his own sound by opening himself up to different types of music he encountered.
In 2006 his distinctive sound caught the attention of iconic jazz pianist and composer Themba Mkhize, who featured him on two tracks on his album, “Hands On”. This was when his solo career was launched. 2012 saw the birth of his debut album titled Zilindile, named after his mother. He toured extensively with a live band and in 2013, he won an award for Best Jazz album at the Metro FM music awards.
His vocal skills have thrilled audiences far and wide and Khoza has performed in countries like Senegal, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. Additionally, Khoza’s authentic voice can be heard on several collaborations, such as the Carlo Mombelli Quartet, award-winning Dutch pianist Mike Del Ferro and Grammy award winning Brasilian musician Ivan Lindz, but also with popular house music artists Black Motion, Black Coffee and King Sfiso.