RIS­ING STAR Killer hit puts spotlight on teen

The sen­sa­tional Tholukuthi Hey hit-maker shares how it all came about

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Pheto Ra­makobya and Sello Mo­ra­pedi

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.


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.”


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

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