The Arthur C Evans Show: Episode 6: The heart-throb episode

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Audius Mtawarira                               AND                                                                   MatliMohapeloa

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Audius Mtawarira is one of the pioneers of the Urban Grooves music, a multi-award winning artiste and one of Zimbabwe’s finest singer, song writer and producer who made a name among the best producers in Australia. He is an internationally recognized artiste having written and produced songs for renowned artists such as Flo Rida, Ludacris, Stan Walker and Jessica Mauboy.

He was born on the Jan 1, 1977 in Harare. He is married and have two children – Shona and Audius jnr. His father Augustine Mtawarira who succumbed to diabetes died in 2012 prompting the dread-locked artist to end his 14-year glamorous stay in Australia and come back to permanently settle in Zimbabwe.

He started his music at high school singing and playing drums in the Peterhouse Boys school choir. Audius, who was taught to play the guitar by his father, announced his grand entrance into the music scene in 2002 after releasing his debut album ‘Audius’. The album carried the top-chatting ‘if only you knew’ that was accompanied by a sizzling video short in Australia. The song has over 41,000 views on YouTube. The soft-spoken artist, started recording and in In 1996 Audius left Zimbabwe to further his studies at Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia. He later moved to Curtin University  for a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Graphic Design.

Audius worked for international music record producers in Australia since 1999. He became an in-house producer for Sony Music headquarters in Australia a position which led him to write and produce music for several top musicians including Flo Rida and Ludacris. He held this position until 2007. He then went to work for Sony ATV as a music director and artiste developer till 2011 when he ended his publishing contract with them. He is still signed to Universal Music Publishing (UMP) worldwide although he is now based in Zimbabwe.

Audius then turned his attention to writing and producing music. He started producing in 2002, producing the majority of Selwyn‘s album, Meant To Be which peaked at number nine on the ARIA Album chartsand was certified Gold. In 2003 he collaborated with Delta Goodrem on Innocent Eyes co-writing and producing the number one single”Born to Try“. The song debuted at number three before reaching number one on the Australian Singles chart, becoming Goodrem’s first number one single. It spent three months in the top five and went on to sell over 210,000 copies, making it the third highest selling single of 2002. In the UK, it debuted and peaked the charts at number three, spending eleven weeks in the top forty and reached number one on the New Zealand singles charts. “Born to Try” won ‘Single of the Year’ at the ARIA Music Awards of 2003.

In 2004, Audius produced Australian Idol contestant Paulini‘s debut album One Determined Heart which produced number a # 1 hit “Angel Eyes” and went certified Platinum.[8] In 2005 he co-wrote fellow-Idol Contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter‘s “Hell No!“, which reached number five on the ARIA singles charts, and produced majority of her album.

After having some great success, Audius turned his attention to building his own studios and record label. He is a part owner of The Sound Academy studios in Sydney as well as record label Blindfaith Entertainment. He worked to develop many unsigned artists through his academy sharing knowledge and kick starting several youngsters who went on to achieve great success such as Iggy Azalea, Justice Crew, Anise K and more.

In 2008 Audius produced Jessica Mauboy‘s new album, Been Waiting, co-writing her single, “Running Back“,[10] which peaked at number three on the Australian singles charts.[11] 2008 also saw Audius launch his own fashion label, Shona Clothing, which is heavily influenced by his Zimbabwean heriaudius mtawariratage. “Running Back” won ‘Highest Selling Single’ at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.[12]

In 2013 Audius worked as a music producer on the movie musical ‘Goddess’, Goddess (2013 film) an Australian production featuring Laura Michelle Kelly, Ronan Keating and directed by Mark Lamprel.

Solo career

Audius’ solo recordings have garnered him popularity in his native Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has released 6 albums in Africa – ‘Audius’ (2002), ‘Ever After’ (2003), ‘Music and Me’ (2005) and ‘Day Like This’ (2008). His current release ‘Day like This’ was also released in Australia through Blindfaith/Inertia. In 2003, Audius won the Best Urban Grooves (Male) at the Zimbabwe Music Awards. In 2014 Audius won the “Best R&B Urban Album” award for his 2014 release “House of Stones’ In October 2016 the album “PREDESTINATION” is released.

And Audius performs his single Chete at the end of the episode

Matli Mohapeloa

Born: 02 April 1984.Matli Mohapeloa is a South African actor best known for his role as DJ Ngwazi in the soapie Rhythm City, from 2007-2009.He appeared in the 2005 television series Gothia Caper, and had a starring role in the 2006 mini-series When We Were Black, which aired on SABC1.He had a guest appearance in the 2005 television series

He joined the cast of the SABC1 sitcom Nomzamo for its third season, which premiered in October 2009, playing the role of Mdu – the troublesome brother of the title character, who moves in with her. He also has a starring role as Moss Cele, a single, streetwise, greedy and self-centered businessman who runs a hair salon which his father bought for him, in the Mzansi Magic soap opera Zabalaza. Matli’s special talents include rugby and gumboot dancing and he speaks four languages: English, Sesotho, Xhosa and Zulu.




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