In a life that has taken him from the contours of Nigeria’s oil-rich south-south to the euphoric musical towns of South Africa, TKinzy, born Anthony Felix, has had to negotiate an arduous path to his present position. Born in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, deep in the south of Nigeria, tragedy struck early in his life when he lost his mother in a car crash resulting in a move to Aba in Nigeria’s south-east where he was raised by a community of families before moving to South Africa at age 16.
Through all of the tragedies and the upending of his life, music has always been an anchor for TKinzy, with songs from pop duo, P Square, having a big impact on him and his style while his dad’s love for Lucky Dube rubbed off on him.
After moving to South Africa, the singer began a music career that has seen him become an influential singer in his right as well as a collaborator to the stars as his contribution on the remake of “Ndikhokhele” with acts like Nathi, Benjamin Dube, and Mlindo The Vocalist proved. Returning to Nigeria in 2022, TKinzy moved back with the primary intention of establishing himself as a frontline act at home, and his just-released project, Soul Mate, crystallizes his promise across six songs that blur the line between Afropop, highlife, and electronic pop music.
Project opener, “With You,” is undergirded by piano keys and sees the musician sing about caring for his love interest regardless of whatever comes between them. “Dumpty Something” is led by a staid percussive base that leads into an emotive delivery by the singer about being attracted to a woman he can’t get out of his mind while “Omalicha” follows the same thematic path over an instrumental that blurs the line between flamenco and electro music. Teni Makanaki comes in for the project’s sole feature on “Sola,” where she dovetails pleasantly with TKlinzy’s fluid delivery. The backend of Soul Mate is populated by soul-drenched numbers like “Ma Bebe” and “FINE ISABELLA” that depict another angle to TKlinzy, bringing his project to a dreamy, satisfying close.