From One Hit Wonder to consistent Hit-maker. Samthing Soweto has definitely silenced his doubters.
His 2017 smash single Akanamali with Sun-El Musician gave Samkelo his big break in music. The narrative then was that Sam was just another one hit wonder, however, his amapiano hit Akulaleki would prove otherwise.
Akulaleki is currently sitting on top of Radio Monitor SA – the official airplay chart for 180 radio stations in the country.
Amapiano is the new trend in South African music right now, so it was a bold and smart move from Sam to key into the rave. For the amapiano cuts off his album, Sam called on two of the loudest and most energetic players in the game, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa. And what they created together with Shasha, is pure gold!
“I’m working with the loudest and most energetic producers on it. I don’t know anyone who is making that much noise right now”Samthing Soweto
“I’m more reserved and my approach to music is very rigid. Working with them helped me make my music more relaxed.”
Sam also said that working with Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa has enabled him to loosen up a little since he is normally a reserved person. He also disclosed that in the past month he has performed in more clubs than he has in his entire career.
“I’ve never really played at clubs. I maybe played two clubs last year,” he says.
Sam describes his new album as a fusion of Afropop and Amapiano.
The success that he is enjoying now, although sweet, is also very challenging. His album pre-order sales were amazing but the artist has expressed fear that the older members of his fan base may not properly connect with the more dance infused album.
“The first responses are always loud. But I’m just worried about the general public, the mothers and fathers at home,” he says.
Samthing whose real name is Samkelo Mdolomba is a Sowetan born Afro pop musician and vocalist who first began his music career as a member of a Capella group The Soil but has since moved on to a solo career.
He says that music saved him from going into a life of crime. As a teenager, he got a criminal record for armed robbery. His criminal record was lifted last year.
“I really didn’t have a choice but to make music. I interacted with a lot of bad things and got a criminal record along the way. Music was a thing,” he says.
“I could have gone to school but no one was ever going to employ me because of this thing. My criminal record only got removed last year – 10 years later.
“So music saved my life. Music gave me the discipline I required, because I could have been at home unemployed and knowing myself I would have done something stupid.”
You can check out Samthing Soweto’s new album here.