Soul­star bares his soul to get back on track…

Uses ex­pe­ri­ence of loss for ti­tle of new 13-track al­bum

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SOUL­STAR is back to pro­duc­ing his best beats af­ter go­ing through a tough time in his life.

Af­ter los­ing his mother and best friend two years ago, he found him­self in a bad space where he couldn’t even write songs.

“I went through a rough patch and wasn’t in­spired to write mu­sic. That’s where the ti­tle of the al­bum comes from, Back II Soul Ex­pe­ri­ence – fi­nally af­ter a long time I started writ­ing again,” says the 42-year-old, whose real name is Ve­laphi Mthimkulu.

The al­bum is based on his real life ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It’s a 13-track al­bum I worked on and it mostly talks about love. I wrote track 9, Bam­belela, as a let­ter of mo­ti­va­tion to my­self…

“I worked with DJ For­tee, Heavy K, Black Mo­tion, Mamp­intsha, Cue­bur and Afrikan Roots on the al­bum.”

Last year, the mu­si­cian re­leased a five-track dance/ house Ex­tended Play (EP) record­ing, Back II Soul, and did a few fea­tures with African Roots and Heavy K.

He pre­vi­ously re­leased two EPs in 2011 and a self-ti­tled al­bum in 2005.

“I didn’t write again un­til I man­aged to put this al­bum to­gether. It’s writ­ten from a truth­ful place and I put my soul into it so I hope people will feel what I felt when I wrote it.”

Mthimkulu is also a pro­ducer and sound engi­neer. He chooses to re­fer to him­self mu­si­cally as Soul­star be­cause he is a big fan of Amer­i­can singer Musiq Soulchild.

Soul­star is also the name of the in­ter­na­tional artist’s third al­bum.

He hopes people who buy the al­bum will al­low it to help them get through their own trou­bles.

“Whether they are in a good or bad space, I just hope people will get to hear what I felt and the is­sues that I deal with.

“It’s also there to help them in other ways and cel­e­brate life as there are some up­beat songs on the al­bum too.”

He says his top three num­bers on the al­bum are Bam­belela, Take Me Home, fea­tur­ing Black Mo­tion, and Mtan­a­bantu, fea­tur­ing Heavy K.

“But the whole al­bum is good. They should buy it and en­joy it,” he says.

He will be go­ing on a na­tional al­bum tour and fo­cus­ing on tak­ing his mu­sic to people in re­mote ar­eas where ac­cess to the dig­i­tal space is limited and people still buy phys­i­cal copies.

“Later in the year, I will be do­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with other artists and, of course, writ­ing more mu­sic. But for now, we are push­ing the al­bum.”

COME­BACK: Mu­si­cian Soul­star has re­leased a heart­felt al­bum, Back II Soul Ex­pe­ri­ence.

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