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
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.