What the Funk?

What is originality? To me, it’s many things. It’s the voice that says, “I will not be defined”. I’m Sandi Dlangalala and I am a father, actor, choreographer, lyricist and lead singer of funk alternative band, Lu-Fuki.

Growing up in Ladysmith, creative opportunities were rare, but from a young age, I always knew I wanted to be an entertainer.

I attended Maritzburg College where I threw myself into drama and choir and really started to come out of my shell. At Rhodes University, I majored in Drama and Instrumental Music Studies, and the training I received set me on the path I am on today. It gave me the tools I needed to be creative in the real world.

In 2011 I was approached by Stephen Haiden and Vee Lourenco to be a frontman for a band they were putting together. Seven years on and our band, Lu-Fuki, is going from strength to strength. 

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We recently recorded and launched first EP “Coalesce” (available on Spotify) after a killer crowd funding campaign, and we continue to make waves in the alternative rock circles of Johannesburg. Take it from someone who’s gone through the process: It’s possible if you have a great team and you’re willing to work hard. 

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Theatre is my other love and in 2017 I played Mingus in a Market Theatre production of Sophiatown. To perform on the stage where so many legends had been before me was an out of body experience. I also made my choreographic debut at Cape Town Fringe Festival with an exploration of the vulnerability called Douche and was part of Standard Bank Ovations Award winning production, Gaslight.

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To me, what it means to be an #iKasiOriginal is to be the realest version of you, to be unapologetically African and staying true to what you believe in.

Whether you’re an artist, innovator or entrepreneur – be the best version of yourself. March to the beat of your own drum and others will follow.

Find Sandi online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuFuki/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ROu2NjbTFOfRLRPpyfLuS

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lufukiofficial/