Jayden Mbinda: Reaching for the top

Jayden Mbinda has come a long way since the days of Obie and Jayden when he was still the one half of a young musical duo. All grown up now, he has stepped out on his own, carving a musical identity and transforming himself into the talk of town.

08 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Otjiwarongo-born Jayden Mbinda has come a long way. He was part of the duo Obie and Jayden but has in recent times found his way as a solo artist. A new album, titled Mr Legendary, and a tantalising feel-good love song titled Sim Di A on which he is featured along with songstress Adora, are but some of the fruits of his busy new solo career.

Speaking to tjil, Jayden described the road as very challenging. “But on the other hand, it is also quite exciting. This journey has helped me to discover my hidden talent, it has helped me evolve as a musician and as a person. Since the split I've been working on a few projects such as my album and music videos. I just really want to entertain and inspire people,” he says.

Asked to describe himself, the soft-spoken young man chuckled before pointing out that he is extremely down to earth and admits that he is a workaholic. Born and raised in the town of Otjiwarongo with a dream to make it big, he says he wants to keep expanding his brand with the hope of someday helping other budding musicians do the same. “I've learned about the importance of networking, of developing bonds, of listening to advice and to constantly keep busy. I thrive on my creative space, but I also learn from others and draw inspiration from people from all walks of life,” he explains.

“I've been making music for almost five years now and I have gone through a lot of experiences which have shaped and molded me to produce the type of music I've been doing all these years,” he says. He also spoke to tjil about his latest album, Mr Legend.

“The album consists of 12 tracks and I've worked with producers and artists such as Kallo On The Beat, Gio Beatz, Preezy, Lolo, Tswazis, DjCastro And Dj Klive. It's a feel-good album that describes how one can find yourself when you step out on your own,” he explains.

Asked about the new collaboration with celebrated songstress Adora, which is just in time for Valentine's Day, Jayden described Adora as a breath of fresh air with buckets of talent.

“I won't lie, it was a tough experience, Adora is such a professional and has so much experience. But it was exhilarating being in studio with her,” he explained.

Asked what his ever-growing fan base can expect from him he was quick to point out that they should expect more good music, videos and collaborations.

“A lot more hard work but I feel this is going to be a good year. I will also be taking performances to other parts of the country and there are many exciting projects in the pipeline,” he said.

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