Dukesoul whose real name is Vusi Sikhupelo is a South African House DJ and producer. He is the founder of Duke Soul Productions.
He began his career in 2001 as a performer with the field band foundation. In 2005 he started teaching pit-percussion to bands around the country and in 2008 he went on an exchange programme to go work and study music in Norway.
In 2011 he produced Kimberley’s 1st house duo’s album DukeSoul & Highza – Travelling without moving.
On 11th April 2016 he passed on, this was announced on the Duke Soul Productions Facebook page by the label’s Major P.“I’m sorry to announce that Duke Soul passed away this morning. He always loved the Duke Soul Music family very much. Let’s stay strong.”
His cousin told TMG Entertainment that he had earlier collapsed at O.R Tambo International Airport and had been in and out of hospital for a few weeks.
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Duke Soul’s family confirm that he has passed away
Published on; 11 April 2016
Family of popular house DJ Duke Soul have confirmed to Tiso Black Star Group Entertainment that he passed away in his hometown of Kimberly late last night.
Themba Sikhupelo‚ cousin to Vusi who is popularly known as Duke Soul‚ was at a hospital in Kimberely when speaking to us. “He was my brother. We started Duke Soul Productions together. I’ve known him for my whole life. It’s a very emotional time. We are taking his body to the morgue now‚” he said while choking back tears.
In a short message posted to the Duke Soul Productions Facebook page on Monday‚ the label’s Major P announced the news.
“I’m sorry to announce that Duke Soul passed away this morning. He always loved the Duke Soul Music family very much. Let’s stay strong‚” the statement read.
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Fans have responded to the news with shock and sadness‚ with many taking to social media to pay tribute to the musician.
The house DJ‚ who was born and raised in Kimberley‚ was admitted to hospital on 1 April. His cousin told Tiso Black Star Group Entertainment that he had earlier collapsed at O.R Tambo International Airport and had been in and out of hospital for a few weeks now.
At the time Major P took to Facebook to ask people to pray for the him. “I would like to ask you guys to pray and wish Duke Soul a speedy recovery as he’s in hospital. We love you Duke Soul Music family have a safe and awesome weekend.”
No funeral arrangements have made been as yet.