One-on-one-with local singer

LOCAL singer S’duduzo Hadebe (24) from Hambanathi in Tongaat aims to change communities through his hip-hop music. Hadebe will be launching his first album with a 10-song track list in Pretoria on July 29.

Coastal Weekly journalist Andile Sithole interviewed him about his future plans in the music industry.

Andile Sithole (AS): Tell us about yourself.

Sduduzo Hadebe (SH): I am a down-to-earth person who loves his music. I spend time with people, but sometimes I prefer to be indoors and spend time alone. I am a person who is dedicated and always strives to achieve everything I want to in life.

AS: Where did you grow up?

SH: I was born and bred in Bhamshela, upper Tongaat. My family moved to Hambanathi later.

AS: Tell us about your education, where did you study?

SH: I started my schooling at Zamani crèche and proceeded to Tongaat Junior Primary. I matriculated at Nkosibomvu Secondary in 2012. I furthered my studies at Unisa pursuing a degree in social work.

A S: Who is your source of inspiration?

SH: My mother, family members, friends and my manager. They have been so supportive in my life.

AS: How did you start your music?

SH: I had a friend at the Apostolic Church who inspired my love of music. At church they play musical instruments and that perhaps was the start of my love for music. My friend Ntokozo Mlaba taught me how to play music instruments in 2008. However, we drifted apart. I followed hip-hop music and he was passionate about gospel. I had been releasing single tracks on my own until I met Timeless Production in 2016, which is a company based in Pretoria. I have been working with them since then.

AS: I heard that you are launching an album soon, tell me about it.

SH: The tittle of the album is Not Born to Follow. The gist of the album is to encourage people to follow their dreams. My album has 10 tracks of hip-hop music. It combines Zulu, English and Pedi. Messages in my songs are based on my life experiences and the things that I perceive in life.

AS: How do you compose songs?

SH: In most cases thoughts come when I am alone. That’s when I am able to look at life from different perspectives and write what I see. I write things that I see affecting people’s lives.

AS: Who are the biggest names you have worked with on this album?

SH: I worked with Zesct, MET, DurbanNite, LCM, Giso and Suspect under Tsotsi by Nature.

AS: What have you learnt in music so far?

SH: I have learnt a lot in the music industry. In order for an individual to prosper, you need support from other people. You cannot work alone and expect things to come your way.

AS: Who have you shared a stage with recently?

SH: A Reeca, Zakwe, Duncan, Za Shezi, Flame, Ex-Global, Ecco, Dj Sandiso, Zooccie Coke, Dope, Tban, Trget Master Dee, Mzulu. My first album is featuring Manny Yack, LCM, Mobetta, Alcatraz, Smizzy, MET, Lyon and Teejay. The feedback from the local community is amazing.

AS: How do you balance your work and your studies?

SH: My manager at Timeless Production supports me. When I need to study and write my examinations, I drop music and focus on my studies. I also work at Zimbali Fairmont Hotel.

AS: What do you do in your spare time?

SH: I spend time with family, friends and visit other places.

AS: Do you have a message for the youth out there wanting to follow in your footsteps?

SH: Education is the key to opening the doors of life. I always encourage people not to go after materialist things and drop their studies. Education is a key to moving barriers in life.