PMB singer in ‘The Voice SA’

2017-04-26 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedLindokuhle Sithole.

PHOTO: suppliedLindokuhle Sithole.

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SINGING sensation Lindokuhle Sithole is flying the Pietermaritzburg flag high in The Voice SA.

Sithole is looking to go all the way in the competition after winning a spot on TeamKaren following his rendition of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s Burn Out.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo he said the blind audition was nerve-racking.

“I realised while on stage how massive the competition is and that millions of people would be watching me. It got even more stressful because I’d been singing for a while without any of the coaches turning their chairs. I was relieved when Karen Zoid eventually­ hit the buzzer and turned her chair.”

Sithole has been performing professionally for three years and entered The Voice SA to take his music to the next level.

“I was encouraged by family and friends to enter the competition after telling them I would like to try it out. I didn’t think I’d make it this far in the competition,” he said.

A Bachelor of Social Science in Business student at UKZN, he has put his studies on hold this semester to give his best in the competition.

The rock and jazz singer said he started singing for audiences in high school. “I began listening to music at a young age, taking it from my mother who loved music and bought cassettes and CDs all the time. As I grew up I enjoyed watching musicals especially the Phantom of the Opera. That is when I realised that I had a voice.”

He said later his mother bought him a guitar and his late uncle Thulasizwe Mahlobo taught him how to tune it by ear.

“My mother feared music would interfere with my studies and forbid me from playing. Whenever I got the time I would gather some of my friends and sing a capella covers of songs.”

In 2014 he taught himself how to play guitar and now plays an acoustic guitar.

Sithole named his late grandfather, Dan Umbubuli Mahlobo and Michael Jackson, as his musical influences.

“My grandfather left a legacy of being one of the best musicians in Pietermaritzburg and Michael Jackson has timeless music, he was a brilliant and gifted singer and performer.”

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