Previously performing under his first name, Tyson Nemukula has recently changed his stage persona to InDuna. Prolific in writing and recording, this June he is following up his under-the-radar-gem debut EP, ‘Dreams Of An Underdog’, with a new single. Black Man Running is a hard-hitting track born out of real-life childhood experiences on the streets of South Africa.
The word ‘induna’ means advisor, great leader, ambassador, headman, or commander of warriors. It pretty much means chief/king. The reason I changed my name was because Tyson is so normal and isn’t very intriguing. I wanted a name that had weight to it and meaning to me. I did some research about South Africa and its traditions along with my traditions and Induna came up and caught my eye.
To be honest I did not put much thought into it. I knew I might lose people in the process when I started a new page and everything, but this was a new start for me doing things the way I like.
From my last EP to what I’ve just done it’s a little different, but much better! I feel like I’ve grown and I can’t wait to show this whole new side. I still incorporate my African roots into my music as I did before, but I feel my sound has matured.
Back in South Africa, it was different. I pretty much grew up in the streets with all the challenges that came with living in that kind of environment. At one point I was in an orphanage and that’s how I met the family that brought me here to New Zealand. With that experience came many other changes and challenges.
This has been a song long overdue. I’ve been trying to find a way to express and speak about the things I saw and went through as a kid. This song pretty much came about when I was sitting in my room with no lights on, and I just felt like screaming and crying. I was struggling to process my emotions. So, I put on the mic, screamed into it and that’s how the song was born.
My screaming was the bass of the song with reverb. I added some church bells because I wanted it to have a funeral vibe, like someone had died. I used ProTools to do the vocal recordings and I used Logic and FL Studio to produce the track and the demo.
Toby Lloyd from Tiny Triumph Recordings was involved with the recording and final production stages. Other than that, I pretty much produced the track and did all the writing. I did have my mate James look over the lyrics on the first verse to make sure that I was saying what I wanted to and if there were any better ways to express myself.
Treat people like how you would want to be treated…
When I listen to her now it just reminds me of my childhood and that sense of hope that I always carry around. That everything will be alright. I think Brenda Fassie’s music is amazing. If you’re looking to listen to something different then I would recommend going and checking out her greatest hits collection, and then definitely dive in deeper if you start liking it.