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Entertainment - Date: 03 June 2019
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 1942
For the 23-year-old Thompho Dalton Sadiki, music is a way of life – without music he is unable to express his deepest feelings and communicate his thinking to the world.
Known to his fans as D-Tone Manatown, this young and vibrant singer was born at Tshitungulwane in the Vuwani area.
“My love for music stemmed from my listening to Tshivenda music on radio,” he said. “I would buy CDs and listen for enjoyment. Then I found myself developing this love of writing my own songs and composing my own music for self-consumption."
He stated that he had met Bashy Jahbless and together they had formed a musical group that became popular in the area as the Marine Boys. It boasted three artists, namely D-Tone Manatown, Mzizo Pro, and King Black.
“We performed around Vuwani and we had a huge following of fans who loved our music because they understood its basis or reference to our social conditions,” he said. “After completing my Grade 12, I went to Thembisa in Gauteng and that's when I entered the Hot Music Records. There, I was introduced to Adolf Mr Thohoyandou. We started recording but things didn't work well for us, so we had to part ways.”
However, the musical experience he had with Adolf Mr Thohoyandou helped him into becoming a versatile singer. He was signed to GTC Studios. They introduced him to the public with new songs which appealed to the larger audience. “At GTC Studios, OK Teeboos taught me to be strong and never to give up in life,” he said. “He shocked me one day when he revealed that he had opened up his recording studio after noticing my talent. He had wanted me to be his first signed artist.”
He is popular with hit singles such as Mitodzi and Khotsi a Humbulani. He is the brains behind the annual Tshilitshedza Venrap Festival at Manavhela village in the Vuwani area.
“Now I can see where I am going because I have many followers,” he said. “I am working on my full-length album and it will be a great album worth listening.”
He is available on Facebook and he can be reached on 076 269 1584.
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Vuwani-based D-Tone Manatown.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.