My yoki yoki hit maker has big plans: “I want to release four singles”

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My yoki yoki singer Vhudie Mamphwe on Idols SA.
My yoki yoki singer Vhudie Mamphwe on Idols SA.
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He’s a man of few words. In fact, he believes in letting his music speak for him.

When he fell in love with a girl, he couldn’t find the right words to say what he felt out loud. So he decided to sing about his feelings.

Vhudie Mamphwe took that love song to the singing competition Idols, and it quickly went viral.

While he was kicked out of the show during theatre week, it’s done wonders for his music career.

He’s released his single, My Yoki Yoki, and South Africans are loving it.

He’s excited about new possibilities and opportunities, he tells us

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He took to social media to share his joy when he released the song. But he admits that he didn’t expect the stir it went on to cause.

“'My Yoki Yoki' is OUT NOW guys!!! Thank you so much for believing in me South Africa. You requested the song, so go buy/ Stream it on all online music platforms NOW!” he captioned his tweet.

The song went on to becoming the most purchased song across all genres in SA on popular music platform Apple iTunes.

He’s now got hundreds of fans who can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

“I met this woman in Sunnyside yesterday and she jumped on me. She was just thanking me and telling me I will go far,” he says.  

He took a risk when he used the song in his audition, he admits. Often contestants are encouraged to only use well-known songs for auditions.

But the risk paid off and soon South Africans were singing along to the catchy tune.

He laughs nervously when he thinks about the source of the song, his crush. The song details the story of the one who stole his heart, Vhudie says.

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“I started writing songs last year. It was to impress this special someone. My crush,” he says. “I think she’s the best. She’s very unique and special.”

In the song says he tells her he will always love her. “There is another part where I say I will be happy with her, when she cries I will cry with her because she will always be important to me.”

The now famous chorus is actually an abbreviated IsiZulu word.

“My yoki yoki actually comes from my yonkeinto [my everything.]”

Even though his crush remains just a crush for now, he knows his found a special one in her, he says.

While he’s only been writing music for a year, he has been into music for years. He started out at church. “I used to play the drums, acoustic and bass guitar.”

He is sure music is his future. His parents are adamant that he must finish his mechanical engineering studies at the Tshwane South College though.

But this doesn’t mean he will stop making music.

 “I want to release four or five singles then from there I want to do a full album.”