Queer Music: Peter Ngqibs unveils new album “WDYS?”


Peter Ngqibs collaborated with Moonchild Sanelly for the album’s first single, Sweety

South African Born, USA-based and proudly out Peter Ngqibs, a rising star in the music realm, is making waves with his sophomore album, WDYS?.

The project, produced by the renowned Gavin Bradley of Nelly Furtado and Kylie Minogue fame, is billed as a journey of self-discovery through its soul-stirring tracks.

WDYS? — an acronym for “What Do You See?” — delves into an introspective exploration of the self. In a world where external factors often define us, Ngqibs challenges listeners to pause and ponder the most crucial relationship they’ll ever have: the one with themselves.

Through captivating melodies and poignant lyrics, the album asks the profound question, “What do you see when you look at yourself?”

Ngqibs’ musical evolution is intertwined with his dedication to yoga and meditation practices, marking his return to the scene six years after his debut with Broken, ” which reached the top 30 of the UK Commercial Pop Club charts in 2017.

Throughout his career, Peter Ngqibs has graced the stages of numerous festivals and iconic venues, including the Smoking Dragon Festival in South Africa, Brooklyn Pride, The Bowery Electric, and The Bitter End in New York.

Collaborations with Notable Artists

“WDYS?” boasts collaborations with Moonchild Sanelly and Kyle Deutsch, adding significant depth to the project. Sanelly, known for her distinctive genre Future Ghetto Funk and celebrated for her work with Diplo, Beyonce, Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, and others, lends her unique voice and style to this exceptional project. Deutsch, known for his Top 5 placement on SA Idols, also contributes his remarkable talent.

Ngqibs and Sanelly first crossed paths in 2018 after her captivating performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and their creative synergy shines brightly on WDYS?‘s first single, Sweety, and the song’s fun music video. The video was filmed in Johannesburg by the multi-award-winning videographer, Kyle White.

The album touches on themes of rejection, life, death, and untapped potential within each of us. The cover art, a mixed-medium piece by artist Robert Olazagasti, adds an artistic dimension to the project. The 3ft x 3ft work rich in symbolism vividly brings the album’s songs to life.

WDYS? is available for digital streaming and download on major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

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