By Bantu Ndiki
Known as a star risen to fame, Olothando Ndamase is no stranger to the local music scene. Well known for his hit song ‘Ukuthand’ Umntu’ featuring Eastern Boys, a hit around six years ago, the musician has been rising from strength to strength.
Born in the quaint Mount Ayliff in the heart of the Eastern Cape, Olothando swears that he always knew that he wanted to do arts and end up in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, as most relatable youth, he found himself studying Computer Studies at University of Johannesburg after matriculating. Thereafter, he transitioned into working for one of South Africa’s biggest commercial banks, but ultimately found himself rubbing shoulders with local music producers.
Not only credited as musician, but also producer, Olothando mentions that one of the things that really inspired his path was his father’s cassette collection, which featured the likes of Brenda Fassie, Lundi and Ringo. He lost his father later in life, and his world changed drastically. As a matter of curbing his emotions, he started writing poetry to deal with his trauma, which later got published.
He started singing professionally with the group Sons of Xoul. This is where his big break came though, as they shared stage with legends like Jaziel Brothers, Seleolo and Ringo Madlingozi. In 2017 more achievements came in his favour when he released his album ‘Mpumelelo Ndibize’ which was well received by South Africans.
“My music is soul music, its Afro Soul. Even in my collaborations with house deejays, I always infuse the soul element to create classics over hits” said Olothando.
He is currently working on an afro soul album that will be released soon, and this is produced by his own recording label Olothando Music.
We cannot wait to hear more of Olothando’s music in future as the nation recognizes him for his great work and his talent in the music industry.