WHO IS BEHIND AMASHINGA MUSIC?
The power of music in people’s lives is tremendous.Music, it’s a part of everyone’s life,growing up we all sing-a-long songs at creche, church and home. Music isn’t only entertainment tool, music releases stress, gives relaxation and heal broken hearted. Some are called to sing, some are called to make music. Thamsanqa Sibiya born and bred in Nquthu,Kwa-Zulu Natal says “ Music is my life, I breathe music. I cannot recall a time when music was not a part of my life. listen to versatile music but sometimes I listen to just one particular group or artist.”
Thamsanqa Sibiya is a talented ,Sound Recording/Mix Engineer, and graphic designer based in Gauteng.
After completing professional deejaying course at DJ Ball Academy, Thamsanqa continued his creative music education by enrolling in the Sound Engineering Program of the Soul Candi Institute, in 2010. He has had the honour of working with some of South African’s well known music producers, Crazy White Boy, RJ Benjamin, Clive Bean and Rob Rodell to name few. They were his lectures at Soul Candi Institute. DJ Cuebur and DJ Shimza were his classmate and they all had a dream of making it as DJs. Thamsanqa then worked with DJ Cuebur and Freedom Elementz.
Through Cuebur he got a chance to meet and get advice from legends in the South African music scene,Don Laka, Revolution and Mdu Masilela.
In addition to his successes as a DJ, Thamsanqa Sibiya was involved in a number of music projects including playing at different night clubs around Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
His stage name then was Sir Sotobe. Hard times always lead to something great, in fact they are blessings in disguise. In 2011 Sibiya had to quit music for stable income job, to make ends meet. He then moved to Kwa-Zulu Natal where he got a full-time job. In 2012 He came back to Johannesburg for greener pastures. After leaving music for full-time job, he wasn’t able to turn his back on his calling therefore In 2014 Thamsanqa decided to resign from work to pursue his music career. He created and opened Amashinga Music Production, a recording and mixing studio in Malvern, Johannesburg. Producing Maskandi and Gospel music alongside with DJ Cuebur and Freedom Elementz. Whilst working as a DJ and House producer he worked with the likes of DJ Andyboi, Xtetique Soul, PM Project and J-After. He released a single titled Summer Night with talented singer Brandon Blue.
His enthusiasm and dedicated work ethic resulted in him being recognised by popular maskandi artist. Many maskandi artists started recording and designing their cd sleeves at Amashinga Music. His educational background,skills and clever approach allowed Sibiya to transition easily from House Dejaying to Maskandi Production Mixing and designing Services.
Thamsanqa Sibiya’s extensive work with a multiple successful maskandi artists has made him a skilled and reliable provider of CD promotion, Digital distribution,Mixing, sound production and recording services. Amashinga Music has worked in different projects with the likes of Imfez’Emnyama, Inkosi Yamagcokama, Qhabula,Ngiga and many more.
Thamsanqa also discover, prune and manages young talent.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni (Content Producer)