On The Flipside With Nipho

The time has arrived for everyone with an African spirit to celebrate One Night, as this larger-than-life single, featuring Nipho, Ngola III, and Sophiatown, hits the airwaves. 


One Night was penned by Nipho Mkhize himself – a funky urban pop tune. It is about a young African mineworker who has been separated from his true love, his fiancé, as a result of the harsh working conditions mine labourers were subjected to during the Apartheid era.

“Music has always played a massive role in reconciling pain and trauma. I wanted to write a track that will lift people’s spirits by giving them a song that they can dance and celebrate to, wherever they might find themselves in life, in contemporary South Africa. When writing the song I found myself reflecting on my parents’ relationship and how they fell in love during a most difficult period in the country. Nonetheless, they saw a future in the chaos,” explains Nipho.


Nipho joins our host, Nadia Hearn live this Tuesday at 2:00pm this Tuesday. 

“The rhetoric of today at times seems almost too polarising and often leaves most of our present generation paralysed and uninspired. Whilst writing One Night there seemed to be a lot of hopelessness lingering amongst South Africans. The negativity often regurgitated from the Apartheid era sometimes can be justified, but is not always necessary. Over summer, when I go back home, I love looking at photographs of my aunts, uncles, and grandparents laughing and celebrating life. These are often backed up with a nostalgic and endearing story, in spite of the harsh and difficult times for them.”

The idea and essence of what One Night is about “even in the darkest and most oppressive of times there still can be love, romance, and laughter. The resilience and endurance of the human spirit is amazing, and we have to and need to keep that fire in all of us burning”, Nipho emphasises.

Edward King, Nipho’s good friend from college, produced One Night. He enthuses, “We’ve always had a close relationship and experimented in different directions. Edward loves scoring films and especially comes alive when putting music-to-script and to motion pictures. We have been exploring music together for the past five years, resulting in One Night and a few other really exciting tracks. Being able to make music with my mate is amazing – and the chemistry in the studio was electric. You can’t force that, it just happens.”

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