Up-and-coming local maskandi artist aims for the top

2018-11-21 06:01
Maskandi artist Sphiwe Chonco.

Maskandi artist Sphiwe Chonco.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

ASPIRING maskandi artist Sphiwe “Mantolwane” Chonco, who has a voice that echoes a unique combination of traditional music and afro-soul, has been hailed as one of the most current music gems in the music industry.

In 2007, Chonco joined a recording company called Thambisa nabameli before he joined the Mantolwane music group last year.

Chonco said his latest music is splashed with flavours of indigenous music and makes his fans feel energised and like dancing around the room without a care in the world.

Growing up in the rural village of Mahlaba in Msinga, outside Greytown, motivated him to raise high a flag of his village in the music industry.

Chonco released his first single last year, called Imali Yami, which is currently being played by radio stations.

The 29-year old said his aim is to open his own recording company in the years to come.

“It’s funny how some of us end up in careers we never really expected. My love for music began when I was still at Gangeyane Primary. I completed my matric at Esethu High in Msinga. I grew up at Mahlaba village in Msinga under the chieftaincy of Majozi,” he said.

With roots in the hilly countryside of Msinga, some of Chonco’s fondest musical memories were influenced by records and tapes of senior artists.

“My parents played a crucial role in my life. I am also pleased that the community has been supporting me all the way,” Chonco said.

A great deal of his inspiration comes from musical influences like Maskandi artists Vezuthando and Mantaliyane.

Speaking on his musical journey so far, Chonco said: “Since I was working on my album last year, I came across many challenges and I ended up releasing a single CD last year. Three years to come, I see myself owning a recording company.”

Chonco believes that the music industry requires courage, self-worth, but also the will to strive to be great in life.

“To the youth out there who are willing to follow on my footsteps, they first need to have the required skills to become successful artists in the industry.

“Choosing a career must be something that comes in your heart, and you must be passionate about it,” he said.

Chonco said he wants his music to be an inspiration to the youth of his rural community.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.