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THE MAN BE­HIND “UNGOWAMI”

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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.

MU­SI­CAL JOURNEY:

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.

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