Sonke Akakhatali

Johannesburg 5 August 2020 – Born 12 March 1992 in Soweto Gauteng, Makhosonke Mazibuko popurily known as SONKE is fast gaining traction on becoming the hottest musician on the rise. The 28 year old Afro-soul music singer, song-writer as well as an actor and dancer is set release a smash hit single titled Angikhatali through Mabala Noise.

In 2018 he signed with Mabala Noise Entertainment, and been working on his first Studio album to release this year. The first single of the album will be released on Friday the 07 August 2020 titled Angikhathali.

He started performing at the age of 6 and he was exposed to the industry by partaking in various talent shows, these helped boost his confidence and he nurtured his gift of music by taking lessons from different drama classes that
were offered to previously disadvantaged children with his community. Later in his journey he joined a group called SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR and stayed with them for 3 years. Sonke then decided it is time to spread his wings and fly high. In 2005 he was offered a scholarship to do acting at the National Children’s theater formerly known as JYT in Parktown.

He’s toured South Africa, London and France with the choir and shared the stage
with musicians like Celine Dion, Mary J Blidge, Danny K, Loyiso Bala, Steven Molakeng and Johnny Clegg…. Just to name a few. He entered SOUTH AFRICA IDOLS season 09 in 2013 and became the top 3 finalist by public votes.

Dannywired got to chat to Sonke and this is what he had to say

Where has Sonke been hiding all this time?

Sonke has been hiding in theater doing productions at barnyard and I got to work on Sarafina, as much as I didn’t release music in the mainstream I have been doing gigs around Gauteng. I believe this process allowed me to work on my craft and I am now ready for the commercial space.

Tell us about life after Idols SA.

Life after idols is a bit of both a roller coaster ride if I may say, there’s highs and lows. After Idols I had bookings and I was known by so many people, but few months down the line you find yourself having to work harder to keep your brand alive. I have learnt and grew as an individual and as an artist. This taught me a lot about myself, that I am a fighter and I don’t give up easily.

What has been your biggest wake-up call since the competition ended?

My biggest wake up call was when I couldn’t afford to pay bills and take care of my family. That for me was a wake-up call, and I needed to stand up  remind myself why I started with this journey and I needed to do something different to see change in my life.

Out of all record labels, why Mabala?

I would say why not Mabala Noise, I love the dedication and quality of their work.  I am not the one to let other people dictate the decisions about me and my brand. My goals and theirs are aligned, we are focusing on making beautiful music together , I pray that people will love it.

Tell us about your latest single?

My single is called Angikhathali its a love song, I  believe in love and my music is driven by the feelings of love .This single is meant for everyone who loves beautiful feel good music and also for lovers that has been going strong and still together despite the challenges #manginawe angikhathali.

What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2020?

My supporters can expect lots singles from me , I will probably drop an album next year but this will be mostly motivated by the feedback we will receive from the singles. Looking to collaborate with local and international artists