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A new beginning for Phillip Tshililo

Entertainment - Date: 12 June 2021

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Veteran local reggae star Phillip Tshililo has released his first eight-track album under a new stage name. Now known as Rasta Phill, Tshililo has consolidated his musical maturity, creativity, and experience to produce his unique reggae sound.  

The album, titled Lufuno, has easily penetrated the tough music industry because of its uniqueness and originality. The album truly reflects that Rasta Phill’s 40-year-old music career was not laboured in vain. Lufuno carries the entertaining songs Ri tangana ri tshi la, Muvhi a nga si ye tadulu, Funani vhabebi, Vhathu ndo vha tuvha, Thomani ni mu divhe, I love reggae, Lord, I thank you and the title track, Lufuno.

A teacher by profession, Rasta Phill hails from Makonde village outside Thohoyandou. He is not a novice in the music industry. He had cut his musical teeth with the now-defunct Thinawanga Band in 1981. The band was under the leadership of the late guitarist Azwivhavhi Ndou.

When Thinawanga Band ceased to exist, he joined Shufflers Ragimana as lead guitarist and backing vocalist. He also worked with musicians such as Kenny Murabi, Burning Saul Nephawe and Ras Willie before he went solo in 2005. Besides specializing in lead guitar, Tshililo is also a prolific player and master of indigenous musical instruments such as tshitiringo and tshipotolio

He encourages young people who wanted to venture into the music industry to seek education first. “When you are educated, you will have something to rely on when your music career hits a snag. Besides that, it would be easier to read and understand the contracts before appending any signature. Education is the only weapon that we can use to free our society,” he said.

Asked how he managed to shuffle successfully between his roles as teacher, family man and musician, Tshililo said: “The most important thing is to manage your time effectively. If you can manage to follow your plans without diverting, everything will follow naturally. In that way, you will never chase success, but it will follow you.”

He said he was in the process of distributing his new album at retail and online stores. “For now, those who want the album can directly contact me on 072 233 7447 until I finalize the distribution processes.”


Phillip Tshililo, now known as Rasta Phill, has released a new album titled Lufuno.




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