RISING STAR Killer hit puts spotlight on teen
The sensational Tholukuthi Hey hit-maker shares how it all came about
NOTHING spreads faster like a trending topic on social media, that’s how Tholukuthi Hey became one of the most famous hit tracks this year. The hit-maker behind Tholukuthi Hey is 19-yearold Sakhile Hlatshwayo, a Grade 11 pupil at Lavela Secondary School in Soweto.
Sakhile uploaded a short clip of himself singing and dancing to the Tholukuthi Hey lyrics over a beat that was playing in the background as his WhatsApp status message. Soon after that the video went viral, established local musicians wanted to produce the video clip into a recorded track.
THE BIRTH OF THOLUKUTHI HEY
Baritone player Sakhile from Zondi in Soweto says it all started a few weeks ago when he made a silly video of himself rapping the lyrics to his hit track.
“We were having a chilling session with my friends while we were dancing to a House track without vocals and I started singing my lyrics which I thought were very crazy at that time. Little did I know the lyrics would end up with me in studio with DJ Euphonik,” explains the singer.
“I then uploaded the clip on WhatsApp as my status message. All of a sudden most of my contacts wanted me to send it to them after they viewed it. My elder sister Gugulethu and her friends persuaded me to upload it on YouTube telling me that maybe I might get a few hundred views of the video clip, which can get me a recording deal.”
HOW DJ EUPHONIK CAME TO THE RESCUE
The hype around the video clip on social media was so intense which made it very hard to ignore. Everyone was just raving about the lyrics, Tholukuthi
Hey memes were even created by the public. It caught the eyes of many mainstream musos but they were all beaten by Euphonik.
“I thought it was a joke at first when I heard that celebrities wanted to produce my song, until I got a call from DJ Euphonik who told me he wanted to produce Tholukuthi Hey as a complete track. Still I wasn’t convinced that it was really him calling until he sent a car to come pick me up. Then that’s where the nerves started kicking in,” he says.
“We produced the track within a day but my social media followers requested me to feature Mbali Sikwane on the final track. So the following day we tracked down Mbali and recorded it, the same weekend of the recording we performed the track with Mbali at Kong and Taboo (night clubs).”
A week after the release of Tholukuthi Hey, DJ Euphonik organised a concert at Zone 6 Venue in Diepkloof, Soweto, featuring Killer Kau and Mbali and others, hosted by Pearl Thusi, using his influence and power in the entertainment industry.
Sakhile Hlatshwayo says a silly video of himself rapping the lyrics to his hit track, Tholukuthi Hey, has made him a star