Mu­sic gives me but­ter­flies

African Times re­porter Karabo Ngoepe caught up with Lim­popo-born singer Tsholofelo Radi­pabe, bet­ter known by her stage name Tsholo TCEE, to talk about her musical ca­reer and how she jug­gles be­ing a pub­lic ser­vant and be­ing in the lime­light

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KARABO NGOEPE: Hi Tsholo, thanks for do­ing the in­ter­view with me. Tell me, what at­tracted you to mu­sic?

Tsholo TCEE: The amaz­ing feel­ing I got when I sang be it soul or gospel. It is an un­ex­plain­able feel­ing that al­ways leaves me with but­ter­flies in my stom­ach, a feel­ing that that money can’t buy and of course the over­whelm­ing pos­i­tive re­sponse I re­ceived from other peo­ple.

KN: There are a lot of singers out there, what sets you apart from the rest?

TT: It’s the fact that I am very ver­sa­tile, I rap, in fact, am rap­ping in some of my tracks flu­ently. I sing beau­ti­fully, I am able to do any type of mu­sic. An­other big thing that sets me aside from oth­ers is the fact that I am a full fig­ured lady but when I get on stage to per­form I get down, ke a jaiva. You wouldn’t be­lieve your eyes. As big as I am, I shake what my mama gave me and get down. An­other fact is that I work for a gov­ern­ment de­part­ment on a full-time ba­sis and I’m an artist af­ter hours so ba­si­cally, I am a pub­lic ser­vant by day and an artist af­ter hours. I ex­cel very well on both so far be­cause I am self-driven, de­ter­mined, pas­sion­ate, dis­ci­plined, and coura­geous, hard­work­ing and a go-get­ter.

KN: Who has been your musical in­spi­ra­tion?

TT: I re­mem­ber lis­ten­ing to the late mom Brenda Fassie, mom Re­becca Ma­lope, Than­diswa Mazwai and Boom Shaka. In­ter­na­tion­ally it has to be Jill Scott, Maria Carey and Missy El­liot but my big­gest in­flu­encer has to be the late TK, Tsakane.

KN: How has your musical jour­ney been like so far?

TT: It hasn’t been easy, it’s still a strug­gle to this day but luck­ily I have a fam­ily who has been noth­ing but amaz­ing. I do have a lot of sup­port and love from a lot of peo­ple whom I deeply ap­pre­ci­ate and wouldn’t be where I am to­day had they not be there to en­cour­age, sup­port and re­mind me why I started all this. I thank God for my heart and strength to al­ways push and not lose hope, to live my dream, a tal­ent

He put in me for a pur­pose.

KN: You men­tioned that you’re ver­sa­tile and do a lot of gen­res, which one are you cur­rently mak­ing mu­sic in?

TT: I love danc­ing, I love en­ter­tain­ing and it was for that rea­son that I chose House and hip-hop be­cause now I can be on stage singing, danc­ing, en­ter­tain­ing at the same time. My mu­sic is about en­cour­ag­ing and build­ing other peo­ple.

KN: What does the fu­ture have in store for you?

TT: It looks great. Slowly but surely I’m see­ing great things un­fold­ing. I think it’s long over­due. I al­ways say the tal­ent was put to me for a rea­son and the good thing about it is that I am not sit­ting on it and I’m not gonna back down, l will keep fight­ing. It’s not over un­til God de­cides oth­er­wise. As long as I still have a breath in me, when­ever I fall I’ll al­ways get up.

KN: Thank you very much for open­ing up to us and shar­ing your musical jour­ney. Good luck for the fu­ture.

TT: Thank you for the op­por­tu­nity.

Mu­si­cian Tsholofelo‘Tsholo TCEE’Radi­pabe.

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