Date:03 March 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
The up-and-coming reggae artist Radical Dread, born Avhapfani Sadiki, is an artist whose music appeals to the young generation as much as to older generations. His latest album was released recently, entitled Vhutshilo Na Tshifhinga.
Radical Dread has been in the music industry for the past seven years, and he has released two previous albums.
When he is not doing music, he works as a laboratory technician and quality-control technician in Gauteng, where he specialises in analysing different chemicals in raw materials and final products. “When I am busy at work, I always get inspiration that relates to my music,” he said. “Reggae music is part of the Rasta culture and the Rasta believes in hard work.”
Radical Dread maintained that his latest offering was exactly what one would get when one asked for the original roots of rock reggae and rock-steady music.
“The song Vhutshilo na Tshifhinga is a tribute dedicated to my niece, Mukoni Sadiki, who passed away at the age of three after an accident,” he said. “But I have recently realised that it is one song that consoles a lot of people to find comfort.”
His début album, Jah U Ndilani, was released in 2010 and it caught many by surprise as he was not well known, but the fresh and bold lyrics and his amazing voice had many people following his music.
All his three albums were recorded at Masana Records and produced by Davic. He was introduced to Masana Records by the reggae singer Humbulani Ramagwedzha. “Humbulani is more like a brother to me; he always pushes me as far as my music career is concerned,” he said.
The new album, which is already receiving massive airplay at local and national radio stations, contains hit songs that will automatically entice reggae music lovers to put their dancing shoes on.
The tracks include Psychological & Biological Warfare, Maduvha O swika, Tototo, Vharunwa Vha Swiswi, Tovhela Muloro, Malisa Mbilu, Vha Tamba Ngae, Ndo Guda,Tshitanda Ipfa and Vhutshilo Na Tshifhinga.
For CDs, public performances and bookings, Radical Dread can be phoned on 073 392 3324.
Radical Dread is one reggae artist whose subject matter speaks to both young and old.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.