Dr Tsakisani released a new single, titled "Tshidakwa". Photo supplied.
For years, Litshani Khorommbi, together with Shudu Tshisiilule and famous Xitsonga musician DJ Khwaya, produced massive traditional Xitsonga hits such as “Choza” and “Makhelwane”. They toured the length and breadth of the country to entertain their hordes of fans, and between 2012 and 2018, produced three albums together.
In 2018, Khorommbi and three of his friends, Nthambeleni Tshilangano, Simon Khorommbi, and Rabelani Ragau, formed a new group, called Vhathannga Vha Minwenda, and recorded the album “Vundelela”.
But, despite having been part of a popular outfit, Khorommbi’s name remained in the background. In an attempt to establish his own brand, the 29-year-old singer/songwriter, who originally hails from Maniini outside Thohoyandou but is now based in Tembisa, Gauteng, has since gone solo and now goes by the stage name of Dr Tsakisani.
As a solo artist, Dr Tsakisani has released a few singles, which did not make much noise. But the artist bounced back big time through the release of his latest House single, “Tshidakwa”, in August this year. The track, recorded at Superlight Studio Tshikhudini, features big names such as DJ Micro, Pross Boy, and DJ Rabza, and is already causing a stir in the tough music arena. Being played at functions and events everywhere, this track is finally placing Dr Tsakisani as one of the hottest properties in music today.
That Litshani Khorommbi would become a musician one day was pre-determined. As a young boy, he would spend hours listening to music after school, dreaming about performing on stage himself.
About his change from Xitsonga traditional music to the popular House genre, Dr Tsakisani said he felt this was a better move for him. “The Xitsonga music platform is already saturated with hundreds of artists making the same type of music. I felt I was not going anywhere. I was not growing. After a lot of introspection, I decided to go solo. Things have changed for the better for me since then. My music is now making inroads, and I am gaining more fans every day. My new single has endeared me to the hearts of many music lovers. I am very excited about the warm reception it is receiving. Who knows, this might make it to the song-of-the-year list,” he said optimistically.
Dr Tsakisani’s aim is to now promote his new music offering and do live shows during the festive season.
Entertainment - Date: 07 October 2023
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Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and was a permanent part of the news team until 2019.