'Idols' winner plans to cash in on festive season
SUCH is the interest in new Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa's debut album that around 600 songs were submitted to his record label, Universal Music.
Only five songs from that massive number were picked for the as-yet-untitled album, set for released in mid-November.
The album's producer have planned that it should be released in time for the holidays.
The producers intend to lure Mthethwa's teenybopper fans and a huge chunk of women.
It is 29 days since Mthethwa was crowned the first black winner of the reality singing competition.
He received more than two thirds of the votes and pipped Melissa Alison to win the crown.
The 25-year-old Mthethwa - in sneakers, faded jeans and a simple grey T-shirt - was yesterday putting the finishing touches to a song called Lil Means A Lot - co-written with British star Taio Cruz.
"You know, the first 30 seconds will tell us whether a song has what we're looking for or not," said Universal Music South African artists and repertoire consultant Benjy Mudie.
"We knew we didn't want dance or hip-hop songs. We wanted intelligent and mid-tempo Rhythm and Blues songs."
Award winning engineer and producer Crighton Goodwill was trying to get Mthethwa to nail one song in particular.
Goodwill has worked with many local stars including Loyiso Bala, Danny K, L'loyd Cele, Tasha Baxter and Kabelo Mabalane.
Mthethwa said: "I spend a lot of late nights in the studio.
"Ever since I left Idols SA, I don't think there's been a day that I have gone to bed before midnight."
One of Mthethwa's favourite songs in the album is Billy Preston's classic That's The Way God Planned It.
Nicki Minaj's Super Bass will certainly win Mthethwa many fans. New lyrics have been added to the song, which will also feature on the 13-track album.
Mthethwa has also shared the stage with Joyous Celebration.