Kamogelo: music is soul food

Kamogelo Maesela in his Sepedi traditional attire.

LIMPOPO – He says he was touched by how the audience responded to the kind of music that was being played and right there and then he decided that he wanted to be a musician.

Originally from Ga-Mphahlele, the 28- year-old moved to Turfloop Unit F in an effort to advance his music career.

He formed a group called Bana-Ba-Thari in 2006 but they eventually went their separate ways, forcing him to pursue music on his own.

Kamogelo says his love for music made him resign from his nine-to-five job because he felt that music gave him a bit of financial independence, unlike having to wait to get his salary at the end of the month.

“I chose traditional music because it’s unique and it connects me to my roots,” said Kamogelo, adding that a lot of people tend to forget who they are and where they come from.

He further adds that his music is meant to change people’s perceptions about tradition.

Kamogelo recently released his first album titled Bana-Ba-Ma-Africa (Children of Africa), which he says is meant to encourage unity among Africans.

The eight-track album has a title track called Mmampobe, which is a bee that he saw one night when he was walking home. The song sends out a message that the streets are not safe at night.

On this album, Kamogelo worked with co-producer, Oreme Makhubela, from Tzaneen and vocalist, Pulo Matshela, from Seshego.

“I want future generations to know about my Sepedi music even when I’m no longer here,” he said.

He concluded by saying he wants the whole of South Africa to know him and listen to his music.


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