Ethnic Kwaito with Collen.


Collen Khalishwayo is a musician, entrepreneur and actor who is breaking through the industry with his unique blend of hip-hop infused ethnic kwaito music. This creative on the move has soared to new heights and came into our radius with his latest single “Sikelela”. Get to know a little bit more about him and his journey.

“I was born in Kwa Zulu Natal. My interest in music began at an early age then we moved to Joburg and I started to actively pursue it.

I make music because this thing is in my blood and I’ve never stopped since then. It’s the language that I know best.

I do not limit myself to one genre of music but hip hop and kwaito are what I know best. I just want my music to give hope.

I have released two albums and are currently working on a third. My latest single “Sikelela” from my upcoming album explores everyday life and some harsh circumstance people find themselves in. I wanted my single to give a voice to the voiceless and touch on some realities most people are afraid to talk about. Everything I write about is to give hope although we do it through entertainment, it is to give hope.

Remember that when you are pursuing music you need to push yourself, you need to grow, you need to learn and make sure you know the industry before you do whatever you want to do. There’s no short-cuts here, go through the process and when you dont understand ask. Believe that art and music can speak for itself.” – Collen



Photography by Brigid Schutz

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