When all is said and done, Sipho just wants to make good music. Not good RnB, not good Gospel, not good electronic – just categorically good, able to reach people of all walks of life. Doing so will mean drawing on every aspect of his humanity, plumbing depths that might be difficult to face. At 21 years of age, he knows that getting where he’s going will require both fierce commitment and emotional exorcism – the sort that’s been brewing for some time.
Growing up in Birmingham as part of the Seventh-day Adventist church, Sipho was serious about music from a young age, ever since he teamed up with classmates in Year 6 to deliver a cover of Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ for a school talent contest. Having gotten into the good graces of his school’s music teacher, he found himself with priority access to practice rooms, joining after-school acapella groups and recording where he could on a friends borrowed microphone.
Ask him what he likes most about music, and he will talk about the importance of texture – weaving in unexpected elements and layers, going to places that the listener wouldn’t expect. A child of the Internet age, nothing is out of his reach – the emotional groundswell of Elbow, the playfulness of Mac De Marco, the freewheeling experimentalism of cult multi-instrumentalist Laraaji. In Sipho’s library of inspiration, anything goes.