OVERVIEW OF SBU DLUDLU AS A MUSICIAN
Sbu Dludlu was born in Duduza, a township on the East Rand, Johannesburg on the 19th of November 1984. His passion for music started while attending church with his mother, where he was lured into the church choir from an early age. Gospel music laid the foundation for his basic music knowledge, which would later shape his tonal development and character.
In 2001 he met the late prolific keyboardist and composer Xoli Nkosi who introduced him to Afro Soul and Jazz music. Nkosi steadily and selflessly groomed Sbu for three years, an experience which proved beneficial for his general music comprehension, and which would later propel him to greater heights on the South African musical landscape. It was also through Nkosi that Sbu Dludlu was introduced to many well-established musicians at that period. Sbu immediately started working professionally with the late guitarist Prince Kupi and the iconic bassist Sipho Gumede as a backing vocalist.
From 2004 - 2014 Sbu performed with various artists such as: Peggy, Ernie Smith, Allou April, Phinda Mtya, Kelly Khumalo, Mbuso Khoza, Musa Manzini, Andy Narrel, Laurence Matshiza, Vusi Khumalo, Danny Lalouette, Bheki Nqoko, Berita, Camagwini, Vuyo Tyolo, HHP, Pu2ma Tiso, Wax from Cameroon, Nathi, Vusi Nova and many more. In February 2015 Sbu was given an opportunity of opening and sharing the stage with James Ingram and Johnny Gill in their Love Tour in SA where he was performed alongside Vusi Nova. Sbu has also performed at numerous jazz festivals as a backing vocalist such as; CTIJF, Joy of Jazz Festivals, Arts Alive, Soweto Festival, Enanda Jazz Festival, and many more.
This diverse pool of South African and international artists and genres enabled Sbu to hone his vocal skills, gain performance experience and develop him into a well-rounded musician. Sbu admits that it was through these engagements which finally propelled him to start composing his own songs, find his own niche within the South African musical space.
It was ultimately through working with the bass maestro Musa Manzini where Sbu started learning about the music business, studio nuances, project management, copyright and other factors encompassing general musicianship. Sbu primarily learnt how to be self-sufficient in a challenging SA music landscape, to own his music, copyright and start focusing on finally recording his own project. To that effect, Sbu requested Musa Manzini to mentor him as well as produce his debut album.
He has just completed the recording of his debut album entitled “Perseverance”. The album depicts the trials and tribulations in his life, the emotions he had to go through in life as a young man trying to survive under very difficult circumstances with an absent father, as well as the depiction of township life in general, all depicting his perseverance. It is also about love- one of the songs Keitumetse is about the love for his daughter. The album is produced by Musa Manzini and recorded at Downtown Studios, and mixed by Neil Kuny and Goran Josipovic. “Perseverance” is a 12-track album that has been released under Manzini Entertainment (Pty) Ltd. The album is primarily Afro-Soul/ Jazz with Sbu mostly singing in Zulu.
Sbu Dludlu – Perseverance (CDME02)
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