I chose maskandi because I love it and grew up playing it,” he says. Nsele says he did not want to just repeat the sound, so he did his own research . “I think the maskandi sound is not growing because there is a lot of repetition,” Nsele says. He says that is why he fused the old maskandi sound with isicathamiya and house music. “I took the old maskandi sound and modernised it. I added isicathamiya because it is close to my heart and then I added house to show that I live in a time when this sound rules,” Nsele says. Asked if gambling with a new sound won’t cost him, Nsele says: “The sound currently flooding the market is all the same. Mine is a different sound that is very unique and original.” Nsele says that maskandi music has been stagnant for the past four years. “Most new musicians are imitating others because they are chasing sales. They think if they sound like the established ones they will sell CDs too. We should diversify to allow the genre to grow,” he says. Nsele, who started started playing guitar at the age of 9,intends studying teaching next year.