Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba also known as Samthing Soweto is a musician from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg South Africa. Samthing Soweto started his career as one of the founding members of the South African acappella group The Soil. The group released their self-titled debut album in 2011, under record label Native Rhythms. Samthing Soweto dismembered from the group, however is honourably credited for his outstanding vocal appearance, co-writing, composing and producing 8 of 11 songs on their multi-platinum selling album The Soil.
His first solo project was an independently released EP titled This n that without tempo, which featured a tribute to Mama Miriam Makeba titled Peace N Lovely Things. His genre sound has been described as “Pantsula culture meets New Wave World at Amsterdam’s Paradiso and then proceeds to dingy Soweto or Bulawayo shebeens like the South African sounds of Marabi, Isqathamiya, Imbube, American doo-wop or the early Trenchtown Wailers; in HD.
Samthing Soweto is also known for his appearance as front man for Nu jazz band The Fridge[ under record label Motif Records. The Fridge disbanded in 2015 due to two members of the trio relocating.
Samthing Soweto also appears as collaborator and producer on a South African poetry Album I Am Not Going Back To The Township released in 2013 by Makafula Vilakazi. He also appeared on several features including the Single Broke People with Tumi Molekane Tumi from the V as well as RnB and Soul singer Kabomo’s album All things grey on the song titled Things We Can not Hide.
His 2016 releases include “Thanda Wena” and “Ubhukhazikhazi” released on Soundcloud.
Samthing Soweto has released two EPs was followed by a headlining appearances as a solo act at the annual internationally acclaimed Joy of Jazz festival in 2014, representing the”Sounds of Democracy”. In the same year he also earned himself a spot on the “Rocking the Daises” Festival stage in Cape Town. Samthing Soweto’s music has featured on South African television shows such as Isidingo as well as Big Brother Mzansi, he also graces the title sequence for the popular tv series “Rhythm City” and also appears on the Soundtrack for the movie “Othello burning“.
Samthing Soweto’s composition Joy with the Soil, earned a placement in a popular television commercial with the international Candy Company Cadbury. Samthing Soweto’s appearance in 2015 was on the Coke Studios (South Africa) along side international sensation Spoek Mathambo and Shane Cooper Card On Spokes.