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Up, close and personal with Idols SA winner Musa Sukwene

Although Idols SA judge Randall Abrahams told Musa Sukwene during the top eight performances that he needs to become more competitive and that he does not command presence on stage, Sukwene still emerged as South Africa's ninth Idol on Tuesday.

Abrahams's concern, that eMalahleni's Musa would not be memorable enough to stand out, clearly fell on deaf ears as more than two-million votes were cast with a mere 1 000 separating Sukwene from the runner-up, 19-year-old Brenden Ledwaba.

Universal said it would release a four-track EP from the winner within the next seven days, which would be available exclusively for Samsung customers to download and keep from the Kleek music app.

His full album will be released by February next year.

It has been a couple of hours since you were announced as the winner of Idols SA season nine, a journey that started in February. Has it sunk in yet?

I am still trying to get used to the idea that I won. But for now I just want to enjoy the moment. I am sure as soon as I get home it will actually sink in that my life has just changed.

Why did you move to Johannesburg?
It was purely to pursue a music career. I knew that the best place for me to start, if I wanted to get into the music business, was to move to Johannesburg, and I am glad I did. It was the best decision that I could have made.

What were you doing before you entered Idols?
I did a lot of corporate gigs and performances in restaurants.

Why did you decide to enter Idols?
I thought it could be something that would give me a shot at getting my name out there. I did it for the sake of my career and my dream.

Do you plan on composing all of your own music?
I definitely plan to. But I do want to work with other people so that I can release a colourful album. The joy of music is beautiful when you work with people.

Do you have a sound in mind as yet?
It has to be a diverse album that caters to different people with a mash-up of a lot of sounds.

Name one thing that you are looking forward to now that you have won Idols?
Other than releasing an album and building my career, I would love to pursue a career in radio.

Who are some of the artists you would like to work with?
HHP for sure, as well as The Muffinz and The Soil.

When you're on Idols, you have a massive group of people who do everything from help you do your make-up to advising you on choosing the correct song. Are you ready for the pressure of fame without a team to support you?
I feel ready for it. I have acquired a lot of experience over the years and learnt everything I needed to back then when I was trying to make it in the music industry. So now I just want to build on that and focus on producing the best music that I possibly can.

How are you going to try and stay relevant in what is an extremely competitive field?
Just by trying hard to remain focused and consistent. Music is my life and I believe that consistency and hard work is everything.

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Rhode Marshall
Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardians arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And dont you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog:

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