He started the year 2020 in high spirits.
He had just won the 2019 male artist of the year category at the Ingoma Awards. He was working towards recording his 13 track gospel album titled A Fulfilment, and he had done all the groundwork to do the live recording at the SABC studios with a live audience.
But when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced five days before his show that the country would be going on lockdown, all his plans crumbled.
“Last year was horrible for me,” he says.
“I spent R80 000 on rehearsals, bookings, sound, and other expenses to make my DVD recording a success, but when we went on lockdown, I lost everything,” he says.
“There was no way of getting refunded because the money had been used. I paid for marketing and radio stations across the country that had been playing my jingle. When we went on lockdown, I felt hopeless,” he says.
Those who had brought the R250 tickets demanded a refund and Siya used his rent money to pay them back.
“I sacrificed my rent money and went back home to Florida Hills to live with family,” he says.
“If you’ve been independent for many years, going back home feels like you have failed yourself, but I had no choice; it was either that or the street,” he says.
During this time Siya contemplated suicide.
“I honestly wanted to take my life. I felt lost. Many people did not wish for my show to be a success and I could see the smiles on their faces when they heard that my show had fallen through,” he says.
But with faith and determination, Siya did not give up.
“I’m a believer. I don’t just accept defeat without fighting. I don’t give up easily,” he says.
After days of prayer and trying to do damage control, Siya picked himself up and told himself that ‘the show must go on.’
“I will continue to record my album without an audience. I am very disciplined and believe I will continue to save,” he says.
The album will be released in June 2021 and will feature local gospel acts such as Siyakha Khitha, Kgomotso Kgomongwe to name a few.
“I have already managed to record a double single titled Ingoma and Gamelihle Medley which will be released on the first week of February. In the songs, I thank God for giving me resilience. Not everyone would have survived the pain and humiliation I went through,” he says.
His song Ungu Jehovah is played at radio stations across the country and he looks forward to a good 2021.
“I am very hopeful and instead of complaining, I wish to show my gratitude the best way I know how and that is through music,” he says.
Siya’s singing career began in the church at age 15 years old in Pinetown, Kwa Zulu Natal.
“I was blessed with a gift to minister in song from an early age and I knew I needed to nurture my gift. I am very close to my dream and all these challenges are part of the journey,” he adds.