The Sikhupelo family has confirmed that the popular house DJ Duke Soul (real name Vusi Sikhupelo) has indeed passed away in Kimberley this morning, According to reports the deep house maestro has been in and out of hospital recently. Some of his hit songs are Loud Silence, Call Tyrone and Cure & The Cause Remix. Duke Soul was a regular contributor on the Urban Beat show on Metro FM and this is what they had to say about his passing, A dark cloud has befallen House Music Fraternity. The passing of Vusi “DukeSoul” Sikhupelo in the early hours of Monday morning has brought so much pain for his family, for South Africa and the world at large. Out of the hundreds of condolence messages we have received since his passing, the most prevalent comment is: Deep+Soulful House Music Scene Will Never Be The Same Again without DukeSoul! We couldn’t agree more. We have lost a Musical Maestro, a true artist who took his craft very seriously and performed it with humility and respect. A legend who managed to Serenade South African’s with his soothing and mellow sounds. #RIPDukeSoul
Tributes have been pouring in for him on social media all day with the hashtag #RIPDukeSoul
AKA Chats Platinum Plaques & Redefining What Accolades Mean To Him
We recently caught up with the Supa Mega, AKA who celebrated a huge milestone last week. The multi talented rapper and businessman hosted an intimate gathering to receive his several plaques for the outstanding work he did on his album, Touch My Blood.
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak
Supa Mega has been on a winning streak since 2016 with him releasing his joint project with Anatii which included several music videos. He had also been on his Supa Mega Tour and when that ended came the Touch My blood tour. This saw the rapper hard at work so it’s understandable that he is a little burnt out.
“I’m tired. Not physically tired, I’m just more emotionally tired, spiritually tired, mentally tired but it’s okay because we did what we came to do. I poured my heart and soul into the album and people really could feel that”, he expresses. And the results have paid off because the accolades and the recognition he has received since this album was released has been the most he has received since he began his career.
On how he is redefining what accolades mean to him
He shared some insights on how he has remained relevant for as long as he had. He touched on authenticity as one of the key things that artists have to uphold to stay winning.
“Just make what you need to make and put it out there. People recognize and appreciate authenticity. Just be authentic, be original and be sincere and heartfelt,” he says.
It’s been a while since AKA has submitted for any awards and he mentioned that he is considered it since he has the number one selling album in the country. But he questioned the motive to get involved in the awards when he has already won the hearts of many South Africans. The platinum plaque is proof of that.
“Isn’t the award to be the highest played artist? Isn’t the award to be the most booked artist? Isn’t the award to have people f*ck with your music?”.
These are very important questions and no doubt something that artists on the come up can question about the product they put out. Well done Supa Mega.
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