Dendele's songs do the talking across borders

Date:14 January 2022 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

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Dendele Ndwakhulu Edwin Ramabulana from Songozwi Musanda outside Louis Trichardt has just released an eight-track album called Dzhiani Dzembe, with songs such as Africa Unite, Prayer to Oluwa, Pula ya Botswana, and Ndo wela Mativhani.

Dendele is a Venda Trap musician who had previously collaborated with African artists such as Trielz from Nigeria and ESQ from Eswatini. “Music is a common language that anybody can relate to,” he said. “I enjoy collaborations with other artists, although I still push my own singles. This has earned me fans in Swaziland, Botswana and Nigeria, who find the Tshivenda language interesting as I explain what my lyrics mean.”

Dendele, whose music was greatly inspired by his background as motivational speaker, decided to turn his speeches into storytelling songs, accompanied by musical instruments.

“I always view music as a refreshment, but it can serve as an important guideline in decision making too. In the long run, it becomes an archive of life experiences. For those with a lack of words to express their feelings, music can do the talking for you. It is a good translator of people’s feelings.”

While Dendele could not single out any particular artist as his mentor or inspiration, he is always bowled over by the consistency of Mizo Phyll in VenRap. “I am moved by his zeal to create and deliver quality lyrics and sounds,” he said. “Well, another artist who is on his crest is Vendaboy Poet. He ensures that we are proud of our tradition and culture. He represents Vhavenda on a national stage.”

Dendele is available on Facebook (Dendele) and can be contacted at or Tel 083 980 0666.



Local musician Dendele Ramabulana. Picture 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.