By Jabulane Khumalo
MBOMBELA – Popularly known by his stage name, Dr Senzo or Dr Bae, his passion is rooted in healing the sick while his tuneful voice leads him to the studio making music – a happy marriage for a young doctor.
Born and raised in Schoemansdal in Nkomazi, Dr Senzeni Tshuma, a 25-year-old doctor who practises at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal province, shares his love of making music and his latest offerings.
“I grew up singing in church and playing instruments at the age of nine. I used to play and owned a guitar my father bought for me and a keyboard. In 2008, I started composing my songs and performing and thatâ€™s where my love for performing was born. My father was quite strict when it came to education and there was no compromise. I completed my high school at Njeva High School as a top learner in 2012. He told me that as much as I loved music, I needed to focus on school. I then enrolled with the University of KwaZulu-Natalâ€™s medical school the following year and made sure I studied in order to have something solid while doing music. I started a band called Musical Medics because of the love I had for music and recruited other students who could sing,” he shares.
The band became popular and the dean of his faculty loved the idea and wanted to invest in it. Soon after, a sound system was bought for the students.
“I was featured in the school’s newsletters and people started taking an interest in my music. I recorded my first official single titledÂ BleedingÂ in my final year and uploaded it on iTunes. I was still hustling and gigging at the time and fortunately the single reached DJ Sox. He liked my music we produced two songs together. Fast track to 2020, if am not busy at the hospital working I gig and make music.”
His singles, Phases, Woza December and his latest featuringDJ Sox, Dreaming are available on all digital platforms. He also revealed that he is close to Afrotainment’s Dladla Mshunqisi and fans can expect a collaboration.
I’d also like to work with DJ Tira, Sun-EL Musician, Prince Kaybee and DJ Zinhle among others. I love their melodic sound and since I’m a vocalist I would blend well. You can definitely expect more music from me in the future. I’ll also intend to come to visit the province and promote my music at home,” he says excitedly.