Blind artist makes his mark in the

Sokalentsangu is performing near Goal in Philippi with his dancer known as Phumegiyeni.
Sokalentsangu is performing near Goal in Philippi with his dancer known as Phumegiyeni.

Disability did not stop Sifikile Sihokolo from fulfilling his dream of becoming a musician.

The 35-year-old maskandi artist, whose stage name is Sokalentsangu, became blind at the age of six.

Sokalentsangu, who stays in Mfuleni, released his latest album Asiphelelanga in September last year.

It is the sixth album of his music career. “Initially it was painful, but I didn’t allow that to overcome me,” he said.

Sokalentsangu got involved in the music industry as a dancer at the age of 10. He danced for renowned artists Nkunzemdaka and later joined Njemboqo.

He became a solo artist in 2009 and released his first album HIV in the same year.

“My first album didn’t do well. In 2011 I released my second album Axabene Amadoda which did well in the market. Again in 2014, I released my third album Ibhoma. In 2016 I also released another album Amaqhawe and my latest album is Asiphelelanga,” he counted.

Originally from Flagstaff, in the Eastern Cape, Sokalentsangu says his music caters for everyone. “My music has different rhythms from the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal including Amabhaca. Anyone can listen to it regardless of how old a person is,” he said.

He described the response to his latest album as awesome. “My album is doing well in the market since I released it last year. I’m happy with the response that I’m receiving from my supporters,” he bragged.

Like any other young artist, Sokalentsangu is performing on the streets, ceremonies, taxi ranks, train stations to promote his music. He said he had shared the stage with many renowned artists like Nkunz’emdaka, Chwama le Bhaca, Ntombethongo, Phuzikhemesi and Mbuzeni to mention just a few.

He said his album is available at Jet Music, Dakota in Durban and also from him for R100. For anyone wants to book him or buy a CD can contact him on 079 999 7729

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