Bez Valley resident Thabang Sithuga is living his dream of making music.
This composer’s calling to become a DJ came at a young age.
Sithuga, known as Skhumba De DJ to his fans, is on the road to making a name for himself.
From the age of 13, Skhumba already knew that he wanted to be a DJ.
“I was already mixing my own tracks. I was inspired by Black Coffee and the feeling I got from creating music. I knew this is what I wanted to do,” said Skhumba.
Born in Limpopo, Skhumba’s passion saw him coming to Joburg to pursue his calling of music.
“I always had the burning desire to come to Joburg and pursue my music career. After matric, I studied media and journalism, but I did not finish the course, because I found myself enjoying music more than anything else. Music is my life.
“Even when I was young I felt that I will be great in music,” said Skhumba.
Before coming to Joburg he had a slot at a local radio station in Limpopo.
“At the time, being a DJ was still a hobby. I was discovered by a local radio producer at Nzhelele FM who assessed my ability to mix as a DJ, which I did occasionally at parties and weddings.
“I won him over and got myself a slot at the local radio station,” said Skhumba.
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He said his journey in the music industry has not been easy.
“It is a cut-throat industry. The challenges I face as a DJ are getting booked for gigs and for my music to be played on local radio stations and clubs,” said Skhumba.
But that has not stopped him from making music.
In 2014, he was a finalist in the Jack Daniel’s Music Scouts, which resulted in the start of his Jah Bless Productions.
At that time he released debut hit songs TshikaMuroho and Bambelela.
“You need to stay focused in this industry and what keeps me focused is prayer. I know what I want and what I want to achieve in my music career,” said Skhumba.
He said what makes his music unique is that he produces Venda qhom and house.
“My music is a blend of these two genres, which are influenced by my culture. That has allowed me to create a distinct and creative sound,” said Skhumba.
His long-term goal is to establish himself, make a difference in his community and work with artists from other countries.
He is currently working on an album titled DrumThatThunders, a double tracklist that will be released in July.
One of the artists who will be featured on the album is Samale, from Tanzania.
Fans can check out his single Mikogo featuring Samale.