He has played the role of James Motsamai on SABC 2 Venda soapie Muvhango for 18 years. Actor and TV presenter Dingaan Khumalo is doing something new. He's ready to show his versatility and try his hand at music.
The Speak Out and Mamazala presenter released his Amapiano debut single titled Gabadiya under the stage name DSK featuring Bhubesi.
Dingaan tells Drum he has always been musical. He met Bhubesi on one episode of Mamazala where he was solving a family dispute.
“Bhubesi approached me and asked me to be in his song, he sent the beat and I wrote the lyrics,” he says.
“I love writing my own lyrics because I know I’m good at it.”
In a few days, they were in the studio making the song.
“He approached me at the right time when I had been wanting to start working on music again,” Dingaan says.
Music is nothing new for Dingaan, he comes from a musical family.
“At home, we had a choir, and I was one of the singers,” he says.
When he was in high school, he joined an R&B group where he found his true passion.
“That is my favourite sound, but because I also love Amapiano I decided to explore with a different genre,” he says.
“I have choral and R& B background, ever since I was a young but I focused most of my energy on acting and business ventures."
Dingaan says the year 2022 is his.
“By Easter next year, I would be one of the biggest acts in the country. This is just a start,” he says.
“I will also show people that I can sing.” He says a few years ago he worked with veteran artist Spoke H, but the project never materialised.
“You know, music and politics. The project did not work out. Maybe it was all for a good reason. But now, it’s time,” he says.
While many have criticised him on social media and say Dingaan might be going through a life crisis, he just loves music.
“I’m not going through a midlife crisis at all,” he laughs. “I have always loved music. Besides the Amapiano, I can sing,” he says.
When he was growing up, his friends gave him the name Ding Dong because of his love for Joe Nina’s song Maria Podesta.
But he is going with the name DSK for his Amapiano music.
“I’m using the initials of my name,” he says.
When his musical career blossoms, he plans to continue acting.
“I’m not leaving acting or Muvhango any time soon. But I am merely perusing my other passions,” he says.