By Ntsoaki Toloane
Upcoming Afro-pop musician Sihle Khumalo, who lives in Mofolo North in Soweto wants to collaborate with famous artists such as Vusi Nova. The 20 year-old artist said he is originally from Thembisa Mangweni. He added that singing is his passion. He said he feels blessed as his music conveys useful messages to people.
“My role model in the music industry is Vusi Nova and I wish to work with him one day. I listen to his music a lot and he inspires me a lot. Besides, I love RnB, House and Afro-pop music. I prefer Afro-pop mostly because that is where I take my notes,” he said.
Khumalo has not yet released any album, but is planning to do so as he is pushing to release his single, to be called Ngihambile.
“I am in the process of releasing an album, but not sure of the time. My album will have 10 tracks. I can sing in different languages, but comfortable with Zulu,” he said.
Khumalo added that he is satisfied with the production team he has. He said he is working with his manager MoagiMmape and Tshepo Sefamo who assists Mmape.
“I want to work hard so that my music should be known, played on radio stations, TV channels and perform with other famous artists. My father sings for Ladysmith Allen Home. So I am following his steps. I started singing in church and my father inspires me. He is my role model life wise. My family supports me for being in music industry,” added Khumalo.
He said he is gifted, but have got financial challenges when it comes to producing his music. He added that he is making sure that his music is good by looking for studios that produce quality.
“I joined Mofolo Melodies Acapella in 2010 but in 2015 decided to go solo in Afro-pop. The first time when trying to get in music industry, it was very hard as I got discouraged and did not have exposure. I battled to find myself and this year I am fit enough. Those experiences served as a lesson in my life,” he said.
Khumalo added that with Mofolo Melodies Acapella, he has been to Nkandla at President Jacob Zuma’s house. They also entertained at Uzalo in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal. He said the group is under Zuma’s Foundation.
Khumalo said he just started his first year of studying Electrical Engineering at City Varsity College in Johannesburg. He said when it comes to time, he has a time-table where he allocates time for music and studies.