Date:14 October 2019 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
A locally brewed group, Black Culture, is continuing to cement their name in the music industry.
This was evinced by their winning the award for the best Tshivenda Dance Album of the Year during this year's edition of the Tshivenda Music Awards (TSHIMA).
Black Culture comprises three singers, Rendani 'Dr Mario' Mukwevho, Mashudu 'Edgaro' Libago and Khangwelo 'Kavirl De Soul' Makhuge, who had all come together for the love of music. “We started by sampling house music in 2012 and 2013 as a group, and it is obvious that we have come a long way as singers,” Kavirl De Soul said.
The group then became famous with their début album, entitled African Rhythms, in 2015 and along the way they worked with artists such as Kalifonia Black, Xoli M, B-Force, and Grey Culture.
“African Rhythms was nominated for the Tshivenda Music Awards and the South African Music Awards in 2015, and we were all happy and pleased with the nominations,” Kavirl De Soul said. “We also topped the charts on SABC radio stations with songs from that album.”
Kavirl De Soul stated that music had become a way of life for them. “Music means everything to us; it is more like a pill,” he said. “We find peace when we listen to music. It does not matter the genre, as long as it's good music, then it makes sense to us.”
Black Culture are pleased that they had managed to achieve many milestones, despite the fact that they had to overcome difficulties that came in the form of discouragement from people who did not believe in them. “Believing in oneself is the best medicine,” he said.
Rendani 'Dr Mario' Mukwevho. Photo supplied.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.