As he prepares to begin his music career, the son of kwaito star Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala is following in his father’s footsteps.
Tumelo, a student of sound engineering, claimed he has been developing his own style in the music industry.
“My dad wanted me and my siblings to be the best versions of ourselves, but I don’t feel the pressure of living up to my dad’s potential because I’ll have a legacy of my own. I need to find out who I am. I’m not just a hip hop artist, I rap and I sing,” he told TshisaLIVE.
“I have been rapping for as long as I remember. I’m trying to use this album to portray me as an artist. Sometimes I rap in vernacular when I’m trying to uplift people ekasi. Me growing up ekasi and going to school in the suburbs shows a bit of my story.”
On BET’s Nkalakatha: The Life of Mandoza, Tumelo will make his acting debut as his brother Tokollo in the biopic about his father’s life.
“It’s a humbling experience. It’s nice to take all of it in. I don’t really have a perfect idea of how big my dad was, so things like this give me a glimpse of how big he actually was.”
The budding star remembered his father’s final moments with him before his 36-year-old father passed away from a brain tumor.
“He died smiling. That kind of shows you the kind of person he was. Being a part of the production was like reliving my childhood in a way and then getting to notice some things that maybe I was too young to notice at the time.”