Dr. Sipho Sithole is an award winning producer and former Deputy Managing Director of Gallo Music Group and is credited for coining the now most popular genre in South Africa, ‘Afro- soul’, after his successful signing and producing of artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Simphiwe Dana, Camagwini, Pu2ma and Tribute Birdie Mboweni, Brenda Mntambo, and more.
Sipho founded a leading independent record label, production house and artist management company Native Rhythms Productions and NATIVE RHYTHMS RECORDS is known for mainstreaming hip-hop in South Africa for breaking the careers of artists such as Skwatta Camp, Pro Kid, Zuluboy, Zakwe and recently Kommanda Obbs.
Since establishing Native Rhythms Productions, Sipho Sithole has become a household name in South Africa and is the most sought after music producer and speaker at music markets and conferences.
Sipho has participated and presented papers in music markets in South America, Indian Ocean Islands, West Africa at Porto Musical (Brazil), IOMMA (Reunion Islands), Atlantic Music Expo (Cape Verde), SA Film and Music Conference (Los Angeles), SA-French Season at MAMA Festival and Convention (Paris), WOMEX (Wales, UK), Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as MAPAS (Tenerife)
Dr. Sithole has been a director on numerous boards of directors, such as Momentum (subsidiary of Firstrand Limited, ACSA, Nu Metro Africa, Johnnic Entertainment as well as the Moral Regeneration Movement, Joburg City Theatres.
He is the current Chairperson of Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and also sits on the board of the Recording Industries of South Africa (RISA).
Dr. Sipho Sithole holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), a M.Sc. degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London), and a B.Sc. degree in Politics and International Relations from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (USA). Dr. Sithole has strategic planning and administration experience in Airport Operations, Public Transport, Radio and TV Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Film Exhibition & Music, and Sport Administration.Back to speakers