Sun-El is telling African stories to the world

Xolile Nkosi

Singer and DJ Sun-El has released a double album called To the World and Beyond that is getting rave reviews by telling the world about Africa.

“What I was trying to do with my previous album Africa to the World was telling South African stories to other African countries, and now I got their attention, I’m telling African stories to the rest of the world,” said Sun-El.

“What I like about this album is I collaborate with musicians from many African countries. The album has a wide variety of different genres,” he said.

Among these collaborators are Ami Faku, Msaki, Black Motion, Kwesta, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Zolani Mahola (of Freshly Ground), Kenya’s Sauti Sol, Nigeria’s Niniola, Mannywellz and many more.

The album includes the  previously released “Ubomi Abumanga,” “Uhuru,” “Mandinaye,” “Never Never,” and “Garden”.

Sun-El (real name Sanele Sithole) told Scrolla.Africa that he dropped out of university to follow his dream.


After one year of studying Science at the University of KZN in 2007, he said, he just couldn’t push myself anymore. 

“My love for music just grew too strong,” said the Akanamali hit maker.

Living in the small town of Mooi River with a grandmother who was the sole breadwinner, giving up studying for music was a hard decision.

“My grandmother told me I needed to at least look for a job instead of locking myself in a room.”

“I went home and started doing the beats that made me happy,” he said.

He never stopped music and in 2010 he moved to Joburg to live his dream.

His talent opened doors and his career kicked off when Demo recording label signed him.

In 2018 he released his album AfricaTo The World which told the story of his journey in music.

“Since then, I have learnt so much and grown as a musician.”

Watch full music video here: Ubomi Abumanga.

Video source: YouTube

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