Nathi Mankayi. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha

Showing your true self is essential for your love to last. This is sound advice from Nathi Mankayi, who is seeking to be in a relationship that is anchored on honesty.

“The one thing I always say, even to my partner, for love to last it is important to be the person you genuinely are.

“Don’t fake it or try to be someone else. If you can be yourself from the outset when starting a relationship, it will be a smooth ride.

“It only gets tough when you stop doing the things you did just to impress your partner and now you can’t maintain it,” the singer said.

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Mankayi is the headline act for the Ekurhuleni Comes Alive jazz evening tomorrow. The Valentine’s edition is set to be one to remember.

The Nomvula hitmaker is in the line-up with Kelly Khumalo and Zamajobe Sithole.

“There is going to be some beautiful music on the night. If you enjoy live music then it will be a real treat for you.”

This is not the first time the star sings at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, where the show is being hosted.

He has been on stage there a number of times.

His album Buyelekhaya was a chart-topping, award-winning bestseller, and he will be showing the audience exactly why. “I am independent now and working on new music. I’m planning on releasing some new work at the end of March. But right now I’m pushing my single Impilo, featuring Amanda (his sister).”

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His newly formed company Mankayi Media comes after his split from Muthaland Entertainment last year.

He felt he was being controlled while at the stable.

“I am planning to push the album once it is out, I am free to do what I want to do and looking forward to pushing my sister’s music. She is making waves, her voice is amazing.”

Back on the topic of love, Mankayi said making his partner smile was essential to his own happiness.

“I am definitely a romantic at heart. I write songs for her and she loves it. I think that’s my most romantic gesture.”

The Valentine’s edition of the Ekurhuleni Comes Alive jazz evening is a must on your February calendar - whether in a relationship or just having a good time with single friends on the Valentine’s weekend.

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and fun-filled evening tomorrow.

* Tickets are R450 per person and R4500 for a table of 10. The shows starting at 8pm sharp, and be sure to book early.

For more information or to book, call Portia Rathebe on 0118970024, email [email protected] or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za.

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The Star