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Meet your composer : Thando Dlamini

Oct 24, 2013

Thando Dlamini.jpg 21. How long have you been composing?

I have been composing for 10 years.

2. What is your creative process? How do you start creating a beat? / How do you start writing lyrics to a beat?

I always get my creativity from experience, what I perceive from Africa, feelings and dreams. I meditate on the beat, listen to it to ensure that there is a flow, make sure that what I write is true to me and sends a message to the world.

3. What made you chose a career in this field?

It was my calling if I may call it that. I’ve been putting my thoughts and feelings on paper for as long as I can remember and it was always in a poetic manner. Thus I ended up being a composer and a performer.

4. Did you do any courses for your career field?

I did not do any courses, it was evident that it was a calling when I won the choral verse award in primary school and I never looked back from then.

5. What advice can you give to aspiring composers?

Aspiring composers should learn humanity in that they should be great communicators, they should be true to
their thoughts and feelings and should not lose focus on the ultimate goal and that is to tell the world their story in an artistic manner.

6. What other composer’s or artists have you worked with?

I have worked with Wiggzaro Vise (UK), Chris Buebenza (UK), Jaziel Brothers, Slikour, DJ Clock, Zulu Boy, Jody Gold, Pitch black afro, Brown dash, Lolo Vilakazi, Chicco Twala, Kaybee, Gumshev, Malik, Mishka (Soul candi),
DJ Cleo, DJ Sbu, Mojalefa (TS Records) etc, and myself LOL.

7. What has been the highlight of your career?

The release of my single and video Africa lets stand together. Signing with Sheer publishing and my current collaboration with Dj Sbu and Rob Blake (UK) on the recent J & B advert.