This is a biography of Musa Keys, a renowned multi-talented South African Amapiano musician, songwriter, and music producer. He has gained immense popularity in the music industry with his distinctive style and hits such as “Selema” and “Vula Mlomo.”
Musa Keys Real Name
Musa Appreciate Makamu
Musa Keys was born in Giyani and raised in Flora Park, Polokwane. Growing up, he faced various challenges, as his father was absent, and his single mother had to work long hours to support the family. Despite these circumstances, Musa Keys discovered his passion for music at a young age. Introduced to the keyboard by a friend at Light of the Nation Church, he honed his skills as a music composer and producer. Initially aspiring to become an architect or engineer, Keys eventually dropped out of Damelin, where he was studying Sound Engineering, to pursue his music career.
Musa Keys Career
At the age of 13, Musa Keys started making music by playing the keyboard at church. His love for lush melodies and rhythmic synthesizers led him to explore music production. Over time, he became recognized as a prominent figure in the industry.
While he initially dabbled in trap music, Keys found his calling in the Amapiano genre. Known for his infectious melodies, he has produced popular songs like “Hey Wena,” “Samarian Boy,” and “Vula Mlomo,” featuring amapiano giants Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi. His music has garnered significant attention, topping charts and earning him a dedicated fan base.
Notably, his 2021 single “Vula Mlomo” achieved great success and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). In 2023, he won the Metro FM Music Award for Best Styled Artist, competing against esteemed artists such as Mafikizolo, Sjava, Daliwonga, and Sino Msolo.
Keys established his own record label, Keys Recordings, through which he releases and distributes his music. He envisions his music leaving a lasting impact on the Amapiano genre and South African music as a whole.
Throughout his career, Musa Keys has released several notable songs and albums. In 2020, he released his debut album “Samarian Boy,” followed by “Tayo” in 2021, meaning “a source of joy” in Nigerian. His previous albums include “Widlysm” and “The Streets Are Calling.”
Musa Keys is often referred to as the “Tsonga Michael Jackson” by his fans due to his flamboyant style. His unique fashion sense and captivating performances have garnered attention and further enhanced his image as an artist.
Musa Keys Awards and Nominations
Musa Keys has received recognition for his talent and contributions to the music industry. His notable awards and nominations include:
– 2023: Metro FM Music Award for Best Styled Artist (Winner)
– 2022: MTV Europe Music Awards for Best African Act (Nominee)
– 2022: South African Music Awards – Record of the Year for “Vula Mlomo” (Winner)
– 2024: Grammy Awards – Best African Music Performance for “Unavailable” (Davido feat. Musa Keys) (Nominee)