Sun-El Musician’s journey to success
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Sanele Sithole, popularly known by his stage name, Sun-El Musician; he is a three-time South African Music Award-Winning producer.
Today, Sun-El Musician is known for his collaboration with Samthing Soweto on the song “Akanamali”, he produced one of the biggest local tracks to date, and he’s not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Sun-El Musician moved from Mooi River, in Kwa Zulu Natal to Johannesburg in 2011 and got his first record deal at Demor Music. Thandukwazi Demor Sikhosana is his homeboy as well and Demor wanted to give him a break in the South African Music Industry. While still at Demor Music, he produced other big songs such as “shella” by Bucie, as well as “All over the world” by Zakes Bantwini.
A few years later he started El World Music, where all the magic world of his music happened. Throughout his experience in the music industry, he learned that if you don’t have a plan and a team to help you get to where you want, it will take you longer to get there.
Sun-El Musician’s fear is not being able to make music that people will resonate and relate to. His music is not genre-based; although it’s centered around Dance Music which he also incorporate other genres, such as Afro Pop and gospel. He recently worked with international artist Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz. Locally, he’s produced hits for some of the biggest names – Bucie, Zakes Bantwini and Thiwe, just to mention a few.
Earlier this year (2018), he scooped three of the biggest Awards at the South African Music Awards (Samas) for his hit song “Akanamali”. Sanele Sithole, has been nominated in the Best Music Video category for his single “Sonini”, featuring Simmy & Lelo Kamau, and Album of the Year for his debut Africa to the World in this year’s Dance Music Awards South Africa.
The City of Ekurhuleni will host an honorary ceremony on 26 September at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Joburg. Dance Music Awards South Africa has a total of 20 categories this year. Other nominees include DJ Shimza, Lady Sakhe, Black Motion and Londie London.