It was an amateur video clip that went viral which saw the boy shoot to fame overnight. That is how much power social media has this days.
Sakhile Hlatshwayo is himself shocked at the wave of excitement that the recording has come to be. The Grade 11 learner at Lavela Secondary School in Zola says what surprised him the most is that as a gospel singer, he never thought he would record a house or gqom song. Mostly stunned by the way the song blew up. He sings baritone in the Stay PC Church Choir and African Heavenly Soul Singers male choir.
Hlatshwayo, who goes by the stage name of Killer Kau, is on the brink of fame with the single Tholukuthi Hey being produced by the renowned DJ Euphonik. He says it all started about three weeks ago when he made a silly video of himself while chilling with friends and posted it on WhatsApp. His contacts asked him to send it to them and, in no time, it had gone viral within his circle of friends and all of a sudden trending on twitter.
His sister suggested they put it on You Tube.
“I didn’t think it would get any views and everyone asked if it was a track. DJ Euphonik came up with a proposal and now it has become a song,” he says, noting that the song has thrust him into the spotlight.
“When my teachers heard that I made a song with Euphonik they congratulated me and were happy for me, but they did advise me to focus on my school work as I am still in grade 11.”
Hlatshwayo says his dream is to study law so he could one day be a judge. However he will still follow the music and follow the single with an album.
He says his grandmother and father, whom he lives with, are happy for him and have encouraged him to do whatever he likes.
He describes himself as “kind, crazy – not in a bad way”. He likes dancing and interacting with people.
Hlatshwayo looks forward to the Mr and Miss TUT event happening on the 29th of September where he will make his third career appearance as Killer Kau. The tickets are selling at computicket for R60 for students and R100 for non students. Students have been the once to do the Tholukuthi thing the most hence they are buying tickets as fast as they are doing. It is recommended that anyone who wants to be part of the event gets the tickets immediately since waiting to get them at the gate o nga Tholukuthi they will be sold out.
The event, which is organised by Rhythmic Trading and Projects features the alikes of Luthuli Dlamini, Nadia Nakai and Areece amongst many other big names.
“I’m more than happy to perform for more than 10000 people. I have been preparing myself to ensure that I make them happy.”
With all the attention, he says he feels like a celebrity. “People want to take pictures with me, they want to talk to me, it’s been great.”
After all’s said and done, he is still a township lad who enjoys the simple things in life, like a bowl of amasi and pap.