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.
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.
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.
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.
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