After watching the drummer at his local church for some time, Sihle Maseko decided to give the whole drumming thing a go using buckets, barrels and tools from his own backyard. The result was something unexpected.
While most parents dread the cacophony that comes with a growing preadolescent, Bontle Setshedi looks forward to her son’s ‘noise’ with zeal. After all, her 9 year-old child, Sihle Maseko, is the self-taught drummer who has captured the imaginations of social media users with his videos and Facebook page that have attracted millions of viewers and fans respectively.
Setshedi told Sunday Times that she was surprised and annoyed when she got home from work one afternoon to find that Sihle had assembled a flimsy drum kit using bricks, plastic buckets, coffee tins and metal drums. It was only when she heard him play that she realised that something bigger was at work.
“I was just so emotional. I realised that God had given him a gift,” she said. “He was just so good. I’m still emotional now when I see what people are saying about him on Facebook.”
The response to his video has been so phenomenal that his family decided to invest in his prodigious abilities. His uncle, Itumeleng Setshedi, decided to buy him a basic but proper drum kit for him to practice and develop his talents.
“I saw him using those tin drums and I realised that he had a lot of potential. I felt that I had to buy him new drums,” he said. Some R3500 later and Sihle had the bright red drum kit that is now his pride and joy.
“It was definitely worth it, not just because it is what Sihle wanted but also because he is so dedicated,” said his uncle.
Watch Sihle on his new drum kit below:
Follow him on the Sihle The Drummer Facebook page.