Sikhumbuzo Mazibuko who prefers to be called Midnight Uzo, the daughter of former ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini did not follow in her mother’s footsteps.
The multi-talented artist from Pietermaritzburg in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal is a singer of many talents. She can sing opera and play various musical instruments in addition to studying music at the University of Stellenbosch.
Midnight Uzo describes her current release, New Genesis, as a “new chapter” in her life.
She said, “It’s the beginning of a new journey in my life. Things are changing in my life. I have been more involved in my education but now I have to shift focus more to my music.
“With academia, it is more about research where I do other people’s work while with my music, I will be referencing myself. Genesis is all about me and nothing more.”
Midnight Uzo, who claims to come from a political and musical family, avoided discussing her mother’s views on the path of life she has chosen.
The singer, last year dropped her first single titled One Night, speaking about it, she said, “It was my first experience in music, and I don’t even want to talk about it since I had my ups and downs.
“What is positive is that I learnt a lot and I worked with Oyama and Alexis Faku. I learnt a lot from them, and I am where I am today with him.”
Speaking on what fans should expect from her next, Midnight Uzo said she’s releasing a single named ‘Happy Ending’, on which she collaborated with famed guitarist Ntokozo Zungu.
“It’s about you  being happy about yourself after a nasty breakup. Working with Ntokozo was a learning experience. I learnt a lot from him since he has worked with legends like Hugh Masekela.
“He gave me a lot of confidence in the studio, and he treats me like her own daughter. What I liked about him is the guidance, he has taught me a lot when it comes to music,” she said.