Siphelele MkhabelaSiphelele Mkhabela is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Africa. His main interest is composition in the field of contemporary music, including genres such as pop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and rock. He has performed alongside acts such as Vusi Mahlasela and The Parlotones.

His work as a musician and music scholar is geared towards re-contextualizing African music and artistry by disrupting the stereotype that suggests that true African art can only exist in what some would call a ‘primitive’ state. His skills are spread across a number of instruments, namely, electric guitar, voice, keyboards and synthesizers.

Aside from his studies, Siphelele is also establishing his own arts organization called 3rdmnd Media, an independent artist label, through which he aims to focus his skills towards making a positive impact as a creative entrepreneur in South Africa’s creative and cultural industries.