Roger Soulstar(Thando Roger Mhlontlo) was born in Zwide, Port Elizabeth. The name Roger has its roots in the Germanic languages. Hrod (fame) and Ger (spear), thus “famous with a spear.” In this case, a talented South African musicianusing a microphone as his spear and fame on the horizon.
Roger’s love of music was ignited at an early age. In his early years he was influenced by local musicians on Zwide’s Koyana Street. Bands like Joy 4 Gents and Blaze formed the start of his fascination with the performing arts. He made his first foray into music during his high school years, starting a group with some of his peersmisguidedly named The Alcoholics. Later realizing the follies of their youth through observing the scourge of alcoholism in their community, what they thought to be a catchy sounding name was subsequently changed.
After completing High school,Roger got the opportunity to pursue his childhood dream of singing soul music in 2006. He grappled with the most significant decision of his career. Sing in English like most of his peers, or sing in his native tongue. Roger went with isiXhosa, not only because it would set him apart, but because he feels it is one of the most romantic languages in the world. Roger describes his music as simple township soul. Songs he’s written like ‘Hlala Nam’ will have people identifying with his music. The beautiful harmonies and soothing melodies on his love songs need no translation.
Roger has performed nationally and also had the opportunity to share the stage with international act, Kaos, from London. He has featured on a variety of SABC television programmes such as Afro Café and Weekend Live. His songs have seen high rotation on various radio stations such as Umhlobo Wenene & Tru fm. Moreover he toured South Africa with the Love Life campaign,sharing the message of HIV/AIDS awareness.
Roger is a musician to watch out for in South Africa. His tenacity, passion and energy towards his music is an inspiration for everyone to see.