Born and bred in the dusty streets of Tembisa a township in Johannesburg, Siphosethu August Sihlangu, a young urban gospel singer, actor, speaker and aspiring author shares his journey and testimony with us during an interview.
“The township was and remains a huge part of my upbringing. It’s where I found and natured my artistic gift”, he exclaimed with a smile on his face.
At the age sixteen when puberty hit, his voice changed and he struggled for years to find his confidence back in terms of singing, but he never could bring himself to stop singing because music kept him company and reach deep inside him where friends, family and sports couldn’t reach. Through music his relationship with the Lord continued to grow and his songs brought healing, hope and restoration to his broken spirit.
After graduating from Wits University with his degree in Dramatic Arts majoring in performance and writing at the age of 23, he joined the cast of Disney’s Lion King musical, where he was part of the ensemble singers and covered the principle role of Mufasa. This young man who is no stranger to making history, since back in his Highschool days where he became the very first Black deputy head boy in the history of the school, to being the first to graduate with an honors degree in his family from a University, to being the youngest Mufasa cover while he was in the German Disney’s Lion King cast and now finally having his very first Urban Gospel Album available on all digital stores.
The album is titled “Mbilu – the heart of the writer”. It consists of 10 original songs, one only hymn but with modern twist and a breath taking poem speaking about the Love of God. The 12 track album was recorded in Germany Hamburg by the talented Thomas Bostleman who dared to believe in this young man’s dream and dedicated his time, money and talent to help make this dream a reality.
Siphosethu is the youngest son to his two amazing parents Mr and Mrs Sihlangu, who though they have been unemployed for most his his life, they have always supported him and his dreams. He attributes his success and his all things are possible attitude to his amazing parents and siblings. He believes he was born to touch, impact and transform lives beyond his own, and over the years he has continued to mentor and inspire other young stars to dare to live a purpose driven life.
Coming from a country full of amazing young talented people but who continue to ask why me, he’s chosen to ask himself why not me. He has chosen to be the change he knew lived in him, and the results continue to amaze even those who thought nothing good could ever come out of a township born and raised young man. He is a beacon of hope, a light to the nation, a visionary who through daring to live has inspired many to do likewise, he indeed is a man on a mission and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for such a talented and loving soul that he is.