From the humble beginnings of Pietermaritzburg, Xenlaii has released his first single titled How To Play ft Amarafleur. This Trap Soul inspired joint is both fresh and vibrant and is a proper way to introduce Xenlaii to us.
Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Xolani Thabani Mchunu better known as Xenlaii is an upcoming young rapper, singer, songwriter and performer who started his music career at an early age inspired by the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Usher, Drake, The Beatles, Lebo Mathosa and TKZee.
His first single is titled How To Play and it features incredible vocalist Amarafleur. “The song truly reflects the lack of emotion and affection in the youth’s relationships these days. Growing up in the era of social media and staged reality, these kids are on the quest for status, social acknowledgement, physical stimulation and materials. It’s the “live in the moment” culture, Xenlaii says.
His music represents life and he loves delivering his stories in a cohesively packaged manner where the visual matches the instrumental and lyrics. “It’s all about innovation, creating vibes and an experience that will inspire generations”, he added. Zolile Radebe does an incredible job on the beat and produces a sound that is not only dope but I reckon could easily catch the eye of the mainstream industry.
In addition to his music talent, Xenlaii excelled in arts and sports in school. He grew an interest for Basketball and that elevated him to play for the U16 South African National team. This opened doors for him to be invited to the Basketball Without Borders Camp, which is a camp for the best 100 players in Africa. These achievements got him scholarships in both high school and university. He studied until he obtained a degree in Communication/Graphic Design.
Stream and download the song below!