“Music has always had a special place in my heart”
Aphiwe Nkomo, better know as The Zone, is only 15 years old and from a small town called Stanger, He attends school at Stanger Manor Secondary School, and started rapping at the very young age of 11. Music and especially rapping has been a big love for him since he can remember. He used to love rapping when he was just a little kid and whenever he feels down, he listens to music,
First 2 Tracks
The Zone released his first ever track in July 2019. “Too many times” as it is titled attracted a lot of attention, and really increased The Zone’s popularity. This encouraged him to release his best song ever, titled “Promises”. This song is about the relationship he had with a girl and the problems that The Zone had to deal with. The song ends with vocals from Lungiswa Olifant, a girl who attends school with The Zone.
The Zone is a person who likes to keep his private life simple and he is definitely in to the genres of RNB and Soul. His inspiration comes from artists like, Eli Sostre, Bryson Tiller and Tory Lanez, as they are the main influence in his music, however another artist that really inspires The Zone is Russ. It is his hard work and dedication that truly inspires The Zone to be the best and to work hard in everything he does.
“I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve learned to work hard! Also to keep my life private and work as hard as I can on my music and other things that are important to me.”
The next big project that The Zone intends to release is called “Nowadays” and it will be released before end 2019. The Zone describes his music as soulful RNB with a touch of hip hop. The Zone plans to create music for as long as he is able to and to see how far he can go with it. His aim is to become like his favourite artists Eli Sostre, Bryson Tiller and Tory Lanez.
Biggest Supporter and Mentors
The Zone’s dad has always been a big support to his music and his biggest fan and supporter. The Zone has therefore decided to dedicate his upcoming music to his father. As Aphiwe’s father, he is extremely proud of his son of what he has already accomplished and he is even more excited about the bright future that is lying in front of him.
The Zone’s producer, Fresh Ego, has coached and mentored him in the creative process of writing, especially since The Zone is always thinking of things to write about at the studio and putting it into words. Two friends of The Zone, Porpe, and N.C.J. have been a huge help to his music career. N.C.J. also featured on his first track.
“Without these people in my life, I wouldn’t be in the rap game. “
The album that changed his life when listening to it is from Eli Sostre, called “Sleep is for the weak”. It helped him change his mindset a lot.
The music that comes from the pen of The Zone is very deep as it is written for people who have been through tough times. in the future it might be different as The Zone is experimenting with his music. He wants to make more good music and to release the songs that people would love, with the year ending on a very high note with the release of his new song, “Nowadays”.
The Zone wants to grow and become better every day since he is a person who is always willing to learn and he wants to be the best that he can be. He urges all young upcoming artists to focus on themselves and to stop trying to act like other rappers they see on television, “BE YOURSELF!”.