The vibrant music scene of Durban is abuzz with excitement as Skhumbuzo Mazibuko, popularly known as Midnight Uzo, releases her highly anticipated single, HAYI. Featuring the iconic Durban-Kwaito royalty, Professor, this Afro-House track is a bold testament to Midnight Uzo‘s versatility and creativity as an artist.

HAYI is a heartfelt ode to love and longing. The single, infused with additions, twirls, auxiliary sounds, emotive lyrics, and a jazzy melody, marks a daring departure from Midnight Uzo‘s usual Pop-Funk style.

“Hayi is essentially a love song about longing to see someone dear to me. People can interpret it how they wish in their own lives. It can be the longing to see a partner, family, or friend. But it is essentially a song of longing for love,”.

explains Midnight Uzo

Collaborating with Professor has been a significant milestone for Midnight Uzo.

“Having Professor bring his unique Kwaito voice to the song made a big difference. The song is of international sound, and his lyrical prowess just made it relatable to home,”.

she says, reflecting on the collaboration as an achievement from her bucket list

About Midnight Uzo

Midnight Uzo, a 28-year-old honours student specialising in Musicology at Stellenbosch University, has been a beacon of talent and passion since her early years. Hailing from a musical family and being a part of a choir from a young age, her love for music was nurtured by her mother, the politician Bathabile Dlamini. This early encouragement has shaped Midnight Uzo into a multi-talented artist, who seamlessly blends her creative research with the arts.

Throughout her university career, Midnight Uzo has made a name for herself as a singer and trombonist. Her talents extend beyond music; she has served as a radio DJ host and producer and is a World Champion choir singer with the Stellenbosch University choir. An advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, she uses her platform to champion diversity and inclusion.

Despite being the daughter of a prominent politician, Midnight Uzo has carved out her own identity. She is a passionate musician and activist with dreams of her own, dedicated to making her mark in the music industry. Embracing her calling as a sangoma/healer, she acknowledges that she “walks with the spirit of the elderly,” blending her spiritual journey with her musical one.

With HAYI, Midnight Uzo continues to showcase her limitless talent and unyielding passion for music, stepping out of conventional genres and creating a sound that resonates with audiences both locally and internationally. As she continues to evolve as an artist, Midnight Uzo‘s journey is one to watch, promising more groundbreaking music and inspiring stories.