With the Vodacom NXT LVL music show beginning its shooting process next week with BIG NUZ, the boys took some time to take over Durban’s popular Circus Circus restaurant alongside Veli Mabena, who is Vodacom’s head of Marketing and Brand Communication.  The evening saw some of SA’s most influential male and female musicians get together to discuss the state of SA music and its contribution to our culture as Africans.


“As part of uplifting our youth and empowering them with the tools to become the NXT LVL version of themselves, I felt it important to have a sit down with Mzansi’s musical talents to talk about their hopes and dreams for the music industry. We need to get together as an industry to find solutions that better our offering to the global markets. This is why BIG NUZ, one of SA’s most influential boy bands that brought back  Kwaito in a big way are so important – they have a wealth of NXT LVL knowledge to share with up and coming talent. I am proud to be part of the NXT LVL empowerment programme,” said Veli Mabena.

Some of the faces that popped in to share their thoughts with BIG NUZ included, hip hop prince Priddy Ugly, actor and rapper Raphael Griffiths, comedian and pop culture commentator Nina Hastie, TV personality Danine Naidoo, DJ Switch, as well as reality show star and hip-hop artist K2.

The NXT LVL will soon be on Mzansi Magic this summer, it will be mentored by some of Mzansi’s entertainment veterans including DJ Zinhle, Riky Rick, Big Nuz and Danny K.

NXT LVL hopefuls who auditioned in hope of joining the TV show phase, stand a chance to walk away with R1 Million worth of prizes, an intense 10- week mentorship programme with the show’s judges to kick start a budding music career and also win the 2017 title of the ultimate NXT LVL talent Vodacom has to offer.