Dodo X (XolisaNtshikilana) was born 1988 in the Eastern Cape.He is a South African singer-songwriter and guitar player. His rise began in 2017 following the release of his debut album Gauteng. The single from the album, ‘EnzulwiniZobusuku’ was played on local radio stations in the Eastern Cape and nationally.
Dodo X has done interviews for SABC 2 morning rise as well as radio toursfor UkhoziFM, UmhloboweneneFM, Lesedi FM and True FM. He has also done radio tours for stations in the Eastern Cape, East London, Port Elizabeth and Bisho.
From village choir rehearsals in the Eastern Cape tochurch bands in the townships and Johannesburg’ s inner city open mics and studio sessions, Dodo X’ s music has traveled almost as far and wide as the man himself. Seemingly fated to be the father of afro-cosmic soul, the man known to the women who raised him as XolisawakwaNtshikilana.Unlike many, the music found Dodo X. It is inJohannesburg homes where he formed a youth bandalongside church pastors, which led him to the hauntingacoustics of the guitar.He also started a school band named Mzansi Rhythms. The experience rooted his bond, binding his journey to the music. A chance meeting saw him working with Jean-Michael Baron, a singer from TOTO.An international American rock band. Unfortuanely, a system clean up on the studio’s computer made sure the song would never see the light of the day. Following many years focusing on the church, Dodo X ventured back into popular music with sessions in Newtown that led to the formation of BlaqShuz, a 3 piece band that began his newest chapter as Dodo X. ‘EnzulwiniZobusuku’.
Dodo X is currently compiling music for his debut album with a first single release of ‘EnzulwiniZobusuku’ playing on radio stations across the country.The song awakens the raw and haunting sounds of loss, promise and hope. Staying honest to its roots, the music easily draws the listener in with anAfrican country balladfamiliarity that will make this artist’s first commercial release a timeless classic.