Date:04 June 2020 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
When he sits down to work on his music, the 26-year-old Happy Vhahangwele Khakhu, who is known to music lovers as Fantastic Boy, aims to compose the kind of music that contains motivational messages.
Born and bred at Muila Muumoni village, he said that he sang about current social matters and this was another reason why his music was popular. “As an artist I send realistic massages to my fans through my music,” he said. “I also sing about things that are happening daily,” he said.
He discovered that he had the talent of a singer way back in 2011. He would sing in church and people loved his voice.
“I was a leader of a Sunday school in my church,” he said. “To me, music is a fountain of life in that I do not only sing when I am in the studio. I hum a song or even sing loudly as I walk in the streets of my village, and I do it to an extent that some people at my place think I'm insane.”
He holds the view that music can speak loudly to everyone in any part of the world. “People love dancing while they also enjoy the lyrics of the music, making it simple to pass the message along to them,” he said.
He is inspired by the multi award-winning King Monada. “What I like about Monada is that he is putting Limpopo on the international map through his amazing quality music,” he said. “His music is of the highest level; so, whenever I get into the studio, I aim to emerge with music of quality that is contagious.”
Thabo Ramabokela has played a pivotal part in Fantastic Boy’s music career. “Thabo has always been on my side, from encouraging me to ensuring that I remain strong even in difficult times,” he said.
He had earned fame with songs such as Ni songo vhilaela (ft Libopie Charmah Gal), Jehova, Ria pengisana (ft Waka-waka), Nthengeleni, and Driver Mphuluse.
He always encourages the youth to continue with school before they are lured by the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. “I advise pupils to take school seriously because education is the key to success and music is not a job but a stint that can end anytime,” he said.
Those interested in the music of Fantastic Boy can phone 079 015 6139.
Fantastic Boy. Picture supplied.
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.