The tal­ented singer and pro­ducer is jug­gling a show and an al­bum

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MASEGO PANYANE masego.panyane@inl.co.za

THE MUSIC of Samkelo Mdolomba, 29, bet­ter known as Samthing Soweto may be many things, but aver­age is not one of them.

The Soweto-born acap­pella vo­cal­ist and pro­ducer cel­e­brates al­most 10 years in the busi­ness of mak­ing music, and says this jour­ney has helped him per­fect his art and value his tal­ents as a mu­si­cian.

He has worked with fel­low Afro Soul artists The Soil on their de­but al­bum; pro­duced tracks of an al­bum for The Legacy, an acap­pella group that re­cently won South Africa’s ver­sion of The SingOff.

He has also cre­ated a ti­tle se­quence for the soapie Rhythm City and worked with in­dus­try roy­alty such as Kabomo and Tumi Molekane.

His music can eas­ily take the lis­tener on an emo­tional jour­ney, and he de­scribes mak­ing it as a painstak­ing process to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of sounds re­flec­tive of what­ever sub­ject he’s writ­ing about or emo­tion he’s ex­press­ing in the music, be it love or his beloved Soweto.

“Nor­mally I only re­lease the fifth ver­sion of what­ever I’m work­ing on. I want to make it bet­ter all the time, and it’s only when the peo­ple with me say ‘stop, that ver­sion is great!’ that I fi­nally re­lease it,” Mdolomba said.

When The Star met the mu­si­cian dur­ing his re­hearsal at Joburg’s The Plat4orm for his up­com­ing An Evening With Samthing Soweto show at the Soweto Theatre on Fe­bru­ary 25, Mdolomba was ev­ery­thing you ex­pe­ri­ence him to be on his so­cial me­dia plat­forms – warm, friendly, the con­sum­mate mu­si­cian.

Speak­ing of the show and the up­com­ing al­bum, he said it was a com­bi­na­tion of two projects, with the for­mer be­ing a chance for him to con­nect with fans and re­lease new ma­te­rial.

“Cre­atively the two events are not con­nected. The show is my lat­est of­fer­ing that I am go­ing to take around the whole year to dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

“The music I’m record­ing is so hot that I am not go­ing to make it pretty – it’s go­ing to have the same amount of love and care, but it’s go­ing to be real,” he said.

The new al­bum, the ti­tle of which is be­ing with­held in or­der to build an­tic­i­pa­tion, will fea­ture new ma­te­rial.

Mdolomba cred­its his band for the fire and in­spi­ra­tion that’s be­hind it.

The show, on the other hand, will fea­ture some of his old ma­te­rial but re­worked to take the lis­tener by storm, in the calm, mel­low vibe that Mdolomba has be­come known for.

Hav­ing been an in­de­pen­dent artist also means that Mdolomba has had to learn some hard lessons about the busi­ness of music, but he has taken it in his stride.

The show is to be held at the Soweto Theatre on Fe­bru­ary 25.

Af­ter the break-up of the band he joined, The Fridge, and the re­lease of his new al­bum as well as the na­tion­wide tour to pro­mote it, are pro­vid­ing a chance for Mdolomba to re­brand him­self and to in­tro­duce him­self to new mar­kets.

His music, he says, is “Dreams. It’s warmth on a sum­mer’s evening with beau­ti­ful stars.”


ON THE MOVE: Samthing Soweto (Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba), for­mer band mem­ber of The Soil, talk­ing about his new sound and al­bum in New­town, Joburg.

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