Reggae Music was what captured My love for Rastafari.
Minenhle Mjadu is a humble, warm hearted, loving and well disposed being. A Mother of two who is highly connected to nature, loves to share love and the spirit of oneness wherever she finds herself. She is more into reasoning, overstanding and finding solutions to serious matters concerning her being and her surroundings with plans of becoming a Social Worker or Psychologist.
Born in Mandeni in a rural area called eMacambini, 96 km from the port city of Durban in the KwaZulu province of South Africa, where the Tugela River (one of the most important rivers of the country) runs. She relocated to a small town of Gingindlovu (swallower of the elephant) with his Father who was a Pastor and her Brother. Coming from a very strict upbringing meant she was not allowed to be an outdoor person and therefore spent most of her time indoors getting to know herself and just being creative. This afforded her the opportunity to discover and nourish her talent. She started to perform on stage at school and in small events such as weddings and private parties.
I grew up under a lot of pressure but I always found a way to overcome negativity and make myself happy through being creative. I was a child full of charisma. The way I grew up and having being born in the rural village and being raised in the ghetto yet living under so much restrictions really did shape who I am today. My personality, my craft, my confidence and general outlook on life.
A self-taught vocalist who mastered her talent through partaking in most, if not all of South Africa’s leading singing and talent search competitions from year 2013 – 2017. The rejections and criticism she received from different judging panels, unknowingly to her, would eventually help to shape her sound and sharpen her skills and listening ear. A window of opportunity and blessing came in 2015 when she had a chance to work under the tutelage of Bontle Modiselle, (South African entertainment personality) as one of the Top Finalist; she got to improve and fine tune her singing skills and techniques through vocal coaching.
She re-imaged herself as Mada Roots, a suitable name as she had just entered the stage of motherhood with her first child; around the same period she would take a different direction and approach to her musical journey. She got acquainted with Reggae.
I came across Reggae Music and Rastafari while I was in the process of reconnecting with my roots and spiritual highness. Reggae Music was what captured My love for Rastafari.
Minenhle Mjadu never had a specific genre in Music, she entered the singing competitions as someone who loves to create from the heart and she did covers of popular artists. When she got into Reggae, her lyrical flow changed, as much as it was challenging, it was also interesting for her as she found Reggae to be inspirational and she flowed perfectly with it as Mada Roots. Inspired by Empress Menen and Queen Ifrica, she started writing her own lyrics and she would later release her first EP titled Inja KaGogo in 2018.
My first release was Titled Inja KaGogo in September 2018. For a starter it did good cause most of the people got to know me through it. Especially the Song Yilo loluthando, got me a nice interview on uKhozi FM (SA biggest Radio Station) & Ingwane FM (EC) and an exposure in other community radio stations. The reception was quite good and had the public describing my sound as unique and inspiring.
Two years later Mada Roots dropped her second EP – Ngenani (Come on in) inviting us to revel in her vocal and lyrical flow on carefully selected heavy and Taff Roots Riddims. Produced by Abba Meskel for KademawePro, Mada Roots composed and wrote the lyrics and together with Abba Meskel did the song arrangements. The 6 track EP had its official release in late 2020 with not so much publicity (as it was a down period and the pandemic was intensifying) but through social media, it got to the ears of Gunnz Selector, one of SA’s leading Reggae and Dancehall DJ who offered to do an Album Mix and
THEN, boom the mix was out and Mzansi Reggae got to know about it.
I chose Ngenani as the title and lead track because it’s an inspirational song for the Youths. Ngenani is a song for a game we used to play in our streets as kids. A lot of people born in the 90’s can relate to it. It’s a song in which I wanted to remind them, of who we used to be and how life used to be before all other things took over – hatred, confusion, competitions, technology and so much more, so they can retain this feeling and pass it on to their youths as well.
Although the music industry is rough and tough and ever changing and the Reggae scene very hard to penetrate, Mada Roots is determined to make her mark. She is already known in Durban circles and has performed at the annual Bob Marley One Love concert in Durban. She feels strongly about women empowering each other and hopes to see more collaborations from female artists in Mzansi. She intends to continue in the path of Reggae and Rastafari and spreading positive vibes through her music. She is currently back in the studio working on her next project under the KademawePro label. She is appreciative of the support she has been getting and to Gunnz Selektor in helping spread her music and KademawePro for providing support and direction.
Nature, Positivity and Love me ah deal with. Welcome, Ngenani, Come lets spread positivity. Wozani si yo dlala!