The start of this week not only marked the celebration of Anatii's 25th birthday, but also his 10th year in the music industry. Back in 2013, the producer and performer came up with a tradition to honor his birthday and to celebrate with his supporters which involved releasing a single.
For this year's double milestone, he did this by returning to his roots with a single titled "Thixo Onofefe.”
The single speaks to Anatii's spiritual journey - learning to fuse traditional cultural elements with popular culture. It also touches on the taboo topic of African practices in a westernized Africa - connecting to his faith and beliefs.
"I have always been plugged into my Xhosa culture and heritage. Going through the right of passage, ulwaluko, I connected more with that and understood my role in society, more so as a Xhosa man. I gained a broader understanding of building my relationship with God. Thixo Onofefe is my spiritual prayer and awakening, asking for a revival of good spirits, casting away sins & demons, impressing that goodness always prevails," said Anatii in a statement.He first performed an incomplete version of the song in his home town, East London and the song was well received by his fans, which in turn left them in anticipation for the immediate release of the new song. Since then, he has been hard at work in the studio putting the final touches to this song.
"Thixo Onofefe" is available on all digital platforms. https://smarturl.it/ThixoOnofefe
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