Sinethemba Thembokuhle Mtshali (34 years) is a Kwa-Thema based Maskandi artist famously known as Ithole likaMtshali who on 10 November 2018, is releasing his third album titled “Sebevumile” with a total of fourteen songs.
Ithole likaMtshali says that to him music is life, he walks and talks music although this is not the only way he uses to put bread on the table but uses his traditional music to tell tales and entertain the masses. He was delighted to share with KwaTsaDuza Times that through dedication and patience, he is finally releasing his third album. “This album is one of my best works and consists of fourteen songs which is quite different to the previous albums” says Mtshali.
The traditional singer has in the past released two albums which one of them was titled “Ngiphe Mkhulu” in 2014 and had a very positive response because “Ngiqhosha ngezinto zami” was one of his biggest hits on the album which had twelve songs. “I was overwhelmed by the response I received from my fans when I had finally taken a leap of faith and successfully recorded the album,” he says. He continued to say that, from that moment he knew he was not going to stop writing and recording his songs which led him to release yet another album called “Inikanika” which also had twelve songs. The first song on this album shared the same name with the album and was once again on the lips of most Maskandi lovers and his fans and as expected, this song did very well.
Telling the newspaper more about himself, he says that he has always loved music and his passion to sing Maskandi music was instilled in him years ago when his friend who was living and working in Johannesburg played him this music whenever he went home and they would chant and imitate the songs together. That’s when he decided in his heart that he wanted to pursue singing traditional music because he had realised that he had the talent. “I was born and raised in Emthandanhle which is a small village in Inkandla, a town which is in Uthungulu district in Kwa-Zulu Natal and I moved here in 2016, to look for a job.” Mtshali is currently residing at Kwa-Thema hostel, working and pushing his passion of music.
The “Sebevumile” album will be available in stores like Dakota and Jet (Jet music) in mid-November nationwide.