THE MAN BEHIND “UNGOWAMI”
Afro-Soul singer, Monyake Lephoko (known by his stage name, Semito) takes the music industry by his beautiful album “Sebabatso”, which he says was inspired by his past relationships, present relationship and life as a whole.
GROWING WITH A TALENT:
Coming from a very prayerful family, Semito’s aptitude came into recognition when he was only six years old and always sang for his family during their evening prayer sessions. “That family praying culture from my family kept me going because at the end of the day I knew what I wanted in life”, he says. The talented Semito was also a school choir leader. His parents were very strict on him getting good education first. Semito enrolled for Human Resources Management course at tertiary as he believed that it would be useful in the business side of his music. His love for music never faded during his studies until he obtained his qualification and was able to focus more on his music.
In 2014, Semito joined an afro-band after obtaining his Human Resources Management qualification and he started composing his songs. Out of obedience, the 26 year old then took it to studio in 2016 to record his album which he only released one song to test the market. With all the positive and courageous responses from people around him, Semito’s confidence grew constantly.
DREAM COMING TRUE:
In the same year (2016) after recording his album and getting great comments on his album, Semito sent his album to a well- known Lesedi FM’s Thuso Motaung, who after listening to the album thought of taking the young talented Semito to the next level by arranging a meeting for Semito to meet the late veteran musician, Robbie Malinga. Asked about meeting the legend, Semito tells Empowered Youth that it was not more than a minute when Robbie got enthralled and decided to sign him right away. “Those were my happy moments”, he says.
Semito says it was a dream to work with Robbie Malinga and meeting with him made so much alteration in his music career, from just being a local artist to where he is today.
Semito released his album “Sebabatso” last year April under Robbie Malinga. “Ungowami would have not been a hit if it was not for Robbie Malinga”, he says. When asked about one gospel track “O Modimo”, the Ungowami hit-maker says, “I wrote the song to give my appreciation to God for carrying me thus far. It would have not happened if it was not for his presence. Semito describes his musical journey from when he started to where he is today as a challenging one. “It has been a tough journey, but it takes courage, patience and faith to reach your destination and even now I am still working to reach the final destination because I am not there yet”.
ADVICE AND MESSAGE TO FANS:
When asked about how one can personally handle situations such as heartbreaks and message to his fans, Monyake says, “Firstly, one needs to learn that life is very unpredictable, therefore things may not go the way we planned. Instead of committing suicide, take that pain and put it in a lyrical manner and sing about them. Killing ourselves is and never will be a solution. I would like to thank each and every one of you for the support you’ve been giving me. Thank you very much. Thanks you for the love you have shown me. I really appreciate. God bless you richly. I will be dropping my music video of “kanti unje” where I featured ‘the late Robbie Malinga”.
Afro-Soul sensational says his past relationships, the present one and life as a whole inspired him to make the beautiful ABOVE: Semito with the late legendary, album “Sebabatso”. Malinga.
ABOVE: Semito with the late legendary, Malinga.
Semito has always loved being on stage and giving the best performance to his fans.