Lethiwe Sithole is a singer, song writer originally from a small village called Ezimfabeni, which is in Emahlabithini in Ulundi Northern Kwa Zulu Natal. She grew up in Northern KZN between Empangeni, KwaNongoma, Melmoth, and Ulundi where she competed her high school in Masibumbane High School. She is a second born with four siblings born to Jabulisiwe Sithole and Bonginkosi Nicholas Sithole. She grew up attending traditional Zion churches, her father was a stout Zionist, and that was how she was exposed to African traditional music from a young age. During her school career she had a natural affinity to maths and science, completed Matric being the best student in the District she went on to study Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand.
She started her working career in 2008 as Graduate Engineer and continued in that career until she was in Middle Management in one of the biggest coal mines in the country. Her passion for music drove her to make a U-turn in her career and pursue a music career
She started her professional music career in 2019 when she released her first single titled Victory on digital platforms. She went on to record an EP and released it on digital platforms on the 30th of September 2020. This caught the attention of a prominent Radio DJ on Gagasi FM, Collen Zondo who then insisted to have the EP introduced to his radio audience 5 days later, on his Afro Pop show. The title of the EP is Bambelela, which means” Hold on”. Lethiwe says “It’s a message of encouragement to everyone including myself to hold on and never give up on our dreams and the vision that God has placed in our lives. There is no musician in my family that I could look up to growing up, I was never really encouraged in the direction of music, even today most of my family members are surprised and even shocked that I am now a musician. In order to pursue my dreams, I have had to dig deep, to listen to God inside me. I have gone through coaching and have had a lot of help along the way. One thing for sure God has been amazing in my journey.” The Ep was produced by Jean-Michel Masson, working with Boy again Friday the pianist and Xolani Xoge the base guitarist. Lethiwe’s sound is Afro soul with some Jazz elements. She is inspired by many South African artists such as Simphiwe Dana, Busi Mhlongo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Lira and Msaki, internationally she is inspired by Beyonce.