10 Things You Should Know About Samthing Soweto
10 Things You Should Know About Samthing Soweto. Singer and songwriter Samthing Soweto has been hitting up the industry for a while now. Although the singer’s rise to stardom may seem like an overnight sensation, but people who’ve followed his career from its early days will know that his place in the charts is well earned and long overdue.
Here are 10 things you should know about Samthing Soweto:
1 Samthing Soweto’s real name is Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba.
2 Samthing Soweto was born and bred in Protea North, Soweto, but he spent some time in the Eastern Cape when he was five years old.
3 Samthing Soweto dropped out of school when he was in grade 8 because he has a problem with reading and writing. “School was really tough for me. It was a nightmare but I went back nonetheless,” he said in 2018.
4 When he was a teenager, Samthing Soweto used mandrax and got involved in crime to escape troubles at home. He later went to juvenile detention for armed robbery. He then turned to music to escape the life of crime.
5 Following his departure of the group The Soil, Mdolomba released his debut album, This N That Without Tempo in 2010, which fuses a capella and soul.
6 He gained mainstream attention from his feature on record producer, Sun-El Musician’s acclaimed song “Akanamali”, released in 2017.
7 In 2019, he departed from his debut album’s sound as he introduced fusions of Afro pop, amapiano and R&B for his second album, Isphithiphithi.
8 His hit single Akulaleki which features Kabza De Small, Maphorisa and Sha Sha was number one on Apple Music at the same time as his debut album Isphithiphithi peaked at number one. Making him the first local musician to simultaneously have a number one hit single and an album on one of the biggest streaming services in the world.
9 The Cappella group ‘The Soil’ was his induction to the music industry. He also wrote the group’s hit song Joy.
10 Akanamali introduced Samthing Soweto to a wider and more mainstream audience.