Song Review // “Ubukhazikhazi” // Samthing Soweto

To know me is to know that I am a huge Samthing Soweto fan; from his early days as one quarter of the accapella band The Soil and later the lead vocalist of new-jazz band The Fridge, to his solo projects: This ‘N That Without Tempo and Ebusuku EP, I’ve been an avid listener of his musical genius. When I discovered he’s recently dropped, not one but two, new singles, fam…

Born and raised in Soweto, Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba – aka Samthing Soweto – is a South African vocalist and music composer. What’s really special about Sam’s talent is how complete his sound is, no instruments, clever lyrics and original melodies. All of this from a guy who’s never studied music.

“Ubukhazikhazi” is a Zulu word meaning “shine”, and in the tune the singer sings of a girl who’s shine is distracting to him. The single dropped just under 3 weeks ago and follows another song release via his SoundCloud account called “Thanda Wena”. It’s also a love song, this time about unconditional love, through the good and the bad.


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