Rising Soulstar headed for LA

Yoliswa Sobuwa

SOME of the Mandela magic has rubbed off on Zwide-born singer Roger Soulstar.

The crooner, whose real name is Thando Mhlontlo, has signed with international music company Rise Records.

Soulstar sang for former president Nelson Mandela last year and is managed by Madiba’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela. “I am grateful for my manager who made this happen,” the 31-year-old said.

Soulstar was signed up after the company, newly launched and based in Los Angeles, heard five of his latest songs last month.

“They liked my music and wanted me to be part of their family,” he said.

“But I am not leaving South Africa. I still want my music to be known here which means I will be travelling between the two countries,” he said. “I am so grateful to God for all the opportunities coming my way.”

Soulstar’s performance for Madiba was at the world icon’s home in Houghton in Johannesburg in June.

It was part of a documentary created by Days of Our Lives actors Arianne Zucker and Jason Cook. His song Umfo was part of the Big Brother: Canada soundtrack.

In two weeks, his fans can hear his new tracks Thinking of you and Vodka and lime, to be released straight from the US. “People will get to know me better with these songs,” he said.

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