Artist Of The Week: Afrotainments Siphamandla Dlamini aka Paras

Siphamandla Dlamini better known as Paras in the music scene, was born and raised in KwaMashu and Ulundi. He went to Masibumbane High School, Ulundi where he discovered his talent while growing up as a church boy by learning how to play drums. At some point, he gave up and focused on school and sports (VolleyBall and Soccer) which he played at district level. During his senior high school level, the music calling haunted him – he then went back to playing drums at church. From then on, he never looked back as he was given a chance to play for talented Nqubeko Mbatha who was then playing and directing at an internationally known music choir Joyous Celebration. While growing up, Paras used to listen to kwaito, african jazz, R’n b soul music and maskandi which was the influence from his late uncle.

Music Journey

Paras started growing up musically even more after moving to Durban full time having completed his high school level (matric). He started playing and sharing big stages with the likes of Joyous Celebration, Nqubeko Mbatha, Vuyo Mokoena, Judith Sephuma, Swazi Dlamini, Kelly Khumalo, Vuka Afrika, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Nduduzo Makhathini to mention just a few.

In 2010, Paras’ carrier changed even more when he presented his first show as a Drummer/Vocalist, composer and song-writer called The Journey Begins, a gospel concert. He never looked back as he was still looking for his original sound as an emerging artist. In 2012/13, Paras found his sound which he calls Ubuntu Soul Africa (world music). He met the jazz maestro,  Themba Mkhize and after just a few months, he moved to Johannesburg to stay with Mr Mkhize. He then started recording a jazz album produced by both Themba Mkhize and Nduduzo Makhathini. 

Late 2014, he started receiving calls to collaborate with DurbanDj’s and his very first collaboration was when he did a hit single that revived the vosho dance even more (Benny Maverick ft Paras- Vosho). That’s the song which really introduced him to the House Music market. He got a follow up single with (Dj Websta ft Paras & Dj Nastor- Ungowami). From then on, he got more involved in the dance music working with the likes of Dj Fisherman, Mondli Ngcobo, Sobz, Demor, Dj Doc (underground dj).

A life changing experience was in 2017 when Paras joined DJ TIRA’s recording label,  AFROTAINMENT.

That’s when things turned around. He worked alongside a highly profiled producer Prince Bulo on a collaborative album Afro Summer 2017 by Ezase-Afro. Where he collaborated on the following tracks:

DJ TIRA ft Paras & Emza- Sobuye Sibonane

PARAS & LUKE- Imithandazo

DJ CNDO & ZODWA WABANTU ft Paras & Character- Bheja 

This album features most hits and popular music like Malume, Mamelani, Amadada, uSwidi Wodwa Lo, Iscathulo to name just a few

He has also made appearances on SABC 1’s Yo Tv and Metro FM performing live along-side the legend, DJ TIRA, Prince Bulo and Tipcee. Paras has yet to released his debut hit single QONDI produced by Prince Bulo



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