Yoki Yoki’s Vhudie Mamphwe: I really appreciate the love from the people

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Vhudie Mamphwe. Picture: Supplied
Vhudie Mamphwe. Picture: Supplied


Idols SA is back and for some fans it couldn’t have returned quickly enough, especially with its popular audition phase of the competition, which is usually the highlight as a result of the valiant efforts by those worthy of wooden mic status.

But this past Sunday, Idols may have accidentally discovered some raw and unshaped talent.

Trending on Monday is the hashtag #YokiYoki, the title of the first convincing hit this show has generated in a while.

Vhudie Mamphwe has received an influx of followers on Twitter since his appearance, which many thought would be one of the more hilarious ones and not as good as it turned out to be.

The adoration seems boundless, especially so early on in the competition.

Idols judges Unathi Nkayi, Randall Abrahams, Somizi Mhlongo Motaung and vocalist Buhlebendalo Mda asked him to do the catchy refrain of the song three times at the end. Abrahams expressed concerns that Vhudie might be so good at performing his own stuff that he might struggle when asked to engage with someone else’s music. Kanye West syndrome, if you will.

Fans of the show couldn’t help but draw similarities between Vhudie and Tresor Riziki.

Tresor took to his social media and also showed some love to the Idols hopeful.

Vhudie might rethink his Idols run and just go at it alone.

Endorsements have already begun to pour in and he hasn’t even received any of the expert guidance and coaching that this talent search show offers.

We reached out to Vhudie, who was very calm for someone who was trending.

“Yho, it’s shocking and amazing. I really appreciate the love from the people. It’s been a dream,” he said.

The 20-year-old mechanical engineering student is in his second year and picked up the gift of music through religion.

Vhudie says: “I sing at church and play keyboard and that’s where I learned it all.”

Speaking to City Press while juggling interviews, he remains hopeful and focused on the task at hand: “I think I’ll have to continue with the competition. I really want to win.”

Vhudie, who hails from Thohoyandou, is humbled by the response he has received. Afro beats heavyweight Davido immediately took to his Twitter in an attempt to reach out to him.

But Vhudie says he hasn’t received any word from Davido.

“I don’t know hey, people are saying it’s a scam as I haven’t heard anything myself yet. Quite a lot is happening.”

Fans can expect a combination of Afropop and gospel from him as he draws inspiration from such acts as Benjamin Dube and Khaya Mthethwa.

And if he were to win Idols and obtain his degree, which path would he head down?

“Music,” he says definitively.

Check out the Idols performance along with the video Vhudie released, which is now at 2000 views on YouTube.


Phumlani S Langa 


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