Thuphaki Takes Center Stage As Wedding Season Unfolds

Thuphaki Takes Center Stage as Wedding Season Unfolds

Lindough, renowned for his infectious character “Thuphaki,” is causing a stir as the wedding season kicks off. The artist, celebrated for his oversized suit, pointy shoes, and impressive dance moves, finds himself fully booked for the entire wedding season. Touring the country with his hit single “Oksalayo,” featurifng Freddie Gwala, King Short, and DJ Active, Thuphaki promises to bring joy to any wedding celebration.

While fame is not new to Lindough, whose real name is Lindo Sithole, the unexpected popularity of Thuphaki has elevated his profile. Initially emerging from Lindough’s role in the Mandoza biopic (Nkalakatha: The Life of Mandoza), the character gained attention in a scene where he donned an oversized suit, showcasing his dance skills to a wedding step. The clip, originally intended to promote his song, went viral with 18 million views, leading to the birth of Thuphaki.

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Capitalizing on the character’s success, Lindough incorporated Thuphaki into his music video and now finds himself in high demand for wedding performances, a market he aspired to tap into. Lindough credits his background in musical theatre for seamlessly slipping into the character of Thuphaki, emphasizing the transformative power of the suit and shoes.

The hit single “Oksalayo,” currently boasting 1.7 million views on YouTube, draws inspiration from Freddie Gwala’s Matshidiso. Lindough, deeply influenced by the melody and lyrics, collaborated with Gwala to honor the veteran musician.

Despite his diverse career as a dancer, content creator, actor, musician, and MC, Lindough finds the most joy in performing his own music on stage. With a family-oriented brand, he prefers gigs at weddings and corporate events over club performances.

Looking ahead, Lindough envisions retirement and aims to support emerging artists through his record label, VNS. His plans include the release of an album in January, increased visibility on TV, and further ventures into acting, with aspirations for local and international recognition and awards.

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