Com­mu­nity sup­port makes King B cry

Kag­iso res­i­dents throng lo­cal hall to sup­port ‘Idols’ con­tes­tant’s push

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Idols SA con­tes­tant Basi­mane Me­lato shed a tear when he saw pic­tures of peo­ple from his home in Kag­iso, Krugers­dorp, gather­ing at a lo­cal hall to sup­port him dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Me­lato, aka King B, said he was pleas­antly sur­prised when he saw the pic­tures on the in­ter­net of com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered at the Kag­isanong Hall in the West Rand town­ship to sup­port him.

“Above all, I am hum­bled. I went on Facebook and saw pic­tures of my fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers cel­e­brat­ing my per­for­mance. My mom was happy to tell me about it when I asked.

“I lit­er­ally cried and now I go to stage know­ing that my com­mu­nity mem­bers have my back, I don’t wish to dis­ap­point them,” he said.

The Idols con­tes­tant, known for his vosho moves, will be go­ing up against four other con­tes­tants this af­ter­noon.

The com­mu­nity gath­er­ings were or­gan­ised by a group of sup­port­ers from Kag­iso and they have vowed to con­tinue for the rest of his par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Vuyo Jubasi, who spoke on be­half of the com­mu­nity, said they want to en­sure King B gets the sup­port that he de­serves in or­der to be suc­cess­ful in the tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion.

“We want him to per­form know­ing that he has sup­port back at home, that will help boost his con­fi­dence and per­for­mance be­cause you know some­one is in high favour.

“I’m not per­son­ally close to him but he’s a friendly guy who would greet you even when you are a com­plete stranger. He de­serves our sup­port,” he said.

Jubasi said the com­mu­nity have been mak­ing their way through to the hall in big num­bers since they started the gath­er­ings two weeks ago.

“For the past two Sun­days, or­di­nary res­i­dents and King B’s sup­port­ers have been gather­ing at the hall for view­ing and vot­ing purposes.”

An­other res­i­dent and mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Brenda Yumba, added: “This week, we are gather­ing at the hall again to sup­port and vote for our very own.”

King B will be per­form­ing Ir­re­place­able by Bey­oncé and Laura D’s Say Some­thing at the State Theatre in Pre­to­ria this evening.

“I go to stage know­ing that my com­mu­nity mem­bers have my back”


‘Idols con­tes­tant King B is clinch­ing votes with ev­ery per­for­mance in the singing com­pe­ti­tion.

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