Music from his roots

2017-09-26 06:01
Senzo ‘Mtsholwane’ Dlamini expresses his love for his country with his maskandi music.Photo: supplied

Senzo ‘Mtsholwane’ Dlamini expresses his love for his country with his maskandi music.Photo: supplied

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PROUD of his heritage and everything South African, Senzo “Mtsholwane” Dlamini expresses his love for his country with his maskandi (Zulu folk) music.

Dlamini began playing guitar and singing at age 15. “Music is my game. I love what I do and have a desire to spread inspirational messages through my music.”

He grew up listening to Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope, and Thwalofu Namanketshane, who inspired him. 

“Some of my songs bring people closer to the Lord, and create a spirit of unity. My 10-track album, Izinto Ziman’ukwenzeka, talks about the unexpected circumstances of life.
“My next album, Kick and Bhoboza, will be aimed at reviving humanity.”

Dlamini said his music consists of three genres - maskandi, maskandi-gospel and Afro-pop.
“My music caters for Africans and lovers of the African sound across the world.”

Dlamini has performed with maskandi group Shwi Nomntekhala and Thuthukani Cele from the Lucky Dube Band.

He said the best performance he had was at the launch of his production company at Pennyville, Johannesburg.
“It was a great atmosphere, people were very receptive to my music, and kept shouting for more.”

Speaking about his stage name, “Mtsholwane” Dlamini said it means “potato bag” in English.

“When I was younger I loved fried chips. My mother always bought bags of potatoes to make me - real Durban fries not French fries - hence my stage name.”

He encouraged the youth to follow their dreams. “If you have a passion for something, pursue it and make your dreams come true.

“With hard work and determination anything is possible. Never let circumstances get you down. If you follow your heart and have faith in God, the impossible becomes possible.”

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