Makape to sing lungs out for mom

Can­cer sur­vivor in­spires ‘Idols’ push

Sunday World - - Sunday Report -

Idols SA con­tes­tant Thato Makape will ded­i­cate his per­for­mance this evening to his mother as part of ob­serv­ing Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

This af­ter his mom, Mathilda, sur­vived her bat­tle against lung can­cer.

Makape, 23, from the Ka­roo town of Post­mas­burg in the North­ern Cape, said his mother devel­oped can­cer three years ago, leav­ing him “hus­tling” to put food on the ta­ble while she was un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

“I used my bar­ber skills to eke out a liv­ing,” he said, adding that he later re­alised he could also make use of his singing tal­ent to make a liv­ing.

He started singing along to gospel mu­si­cian Deb­o­rah Fraser’s Thapelo Ya Morena hit song when he was four years old.

“I am happy now that mom is com­pletely healed. I can now fol­low my singing dream,” Makape said.

Makape will be bat­tling for a place in the top five at the State Theatre in Pre­to­ria to­day.

● Catch Idols SA on Mzansi Magic at 5pm.

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Idols con­tes­tant Thato Makape.

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