047 is the area code for Mthatha in Eastern Cape South Africa, and the name of a three piece boy band from that particular area ,such homage and patriotism from the members: Ncgali Nundu, Lihle Baleni and Sihle Mdaga who then relocated to Johannesburg after they were discovered by Vusi Nova and signed to Muthaland Entertainment.
The group has since composed a number of Afro pop love song classics, with one album under their belt “Wen’ungowam” (21st of May 2018) giving us songs like “wen’ungowami blowing up into a national wedding anthem with the music video racking in 1.7million views on YouTube , a portrayal of a wedding where the groom becomes even more emotional than the bride breaking into tears at the sight of his love ,the album also features Vusi Nova and Bongani Radebe on the tracks “Ubuhle” and “Askies” respectively, the whole album has non stop love classics that deal with both joy and heartbreak in languages isiXhosa and English.
Even after all these manly achievements 047 say they don’t mind being referred to as a boy band, they are just humbled by every blessing they’ve received and are grateful for their fans.
047 has also given us chart topping singles such as “Akasemhle” featuring Vusi Nova which gives praise and adoration to a bride on her wedding day, the music video to this song has gone up to 132k views on YouTube.
The guys got together in 2013 after meeting at a talent show, Ngqali and Lihle were in a group and Sihle was in another group also competing at the event ,a situation where they ended up locked in a hall found them singing together and created a solid friendship that then developed into 047.
They recorded demos together and through a mutual friend , one of their demos ended up in the ear of Afropop star Vusi Nova who loved what he heard and put them under his wing and has been a brotherly figure to the group since then. He even featured on one of their earliest breakout hit releases “ubuhle” which has racked in almost 4million views on YouTube and 317k streams on Spotify not to mention other platforms, receiving airplay on every radio and TV station in the country.
The group even went on to receive an Ovation Award at the 2019 Standard Bank National Arts Festival .
After the album they followed up with singles “Helele” and “Sabelani” in 2019,”Akasemhle” in 2021 and a cover of Ricardo Groenawald’s “I love you daddy” in 2022,they even featured on Vusi Nova’s song “Ewe” on his Manyan-Nyan Album.
047 performances are very captivating, the group’s on stage presence is breath-taking engaging with their audience spreading their message of love and positivity.
In 2017 they gave a performance on Super Sport of their song Ubuhle and later killing the Channel O live stage with Vusi Nova with “Ewe” in 2019 and returning with a performance of their own record “Akasemhle” in 2021 on the same platform with Vusi Nova, all three videos are available on YouTube, showered with comments from fans showing their love and appreciation for the music ,emphasising how perfect the songs are for their wedding day.
They have also been on tour with Vusi Nova, and have performed at esteemed venues such as the 2019 Evening of love concert at the Sun arena, Menlyn Maine, in Pretoria.
047 gets a lot of radio airplay across South Africa and have done radio interviews with most radio stations in the country.
When asked what they see in the coming future, they mention international tours, working with international artists giving afro soul and Afropop music to the world, at the rate they are going this may take place sooner than we all can predict.
047 will be releasing their long awaited second EP on the 14th of October 2022 titled “Thula Ndivile.” Featuring Ntando, Vusi Nova and Kwanda.