Empowered Youth Magazine - - INSPIRING YOUTH - BY: HAPPY RIKHOTSO

The Pre­to­ria born tal­ented Botlhale Phora takes his tal­ent more than se­ri­ous. Go­ing for ev­ery op­por­tu­nity he gets, Botlhale’s par­tic­i­pa­tion on idols SA was not his first as he en­tered for var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions. In 2015, he was on SA’s got tal­ent where he was nom­i­nated for the top 21 seg­ment and in 2016, he en­tered The Voice SA and was se­lected to the top 32. The year old Botlhale lives to achieve his God-given tal­ent and in­spir­ing those with tal­ents. With great op­por­tu­ni­ties along his mu­sic jour­ney, he has had an op­por­tu­nity to per­form with the world’s own Lira. He has re­cently re­leased his sin­gle ti­tled “Mama ka Nozi No Thando”. Botlhale in­spires us with his ea­ger and pas­sion for mu­sic.

Grow­ing up, did you al­ways know that your singing tal­ent would be as big as it is to­day?

Truly speak­ing I never imag­ined my­self as a mu­si­cian, yes I’ve al­ways loved mu­sic and singing but I never thought that mu­sic was some­thing that I was go­ing to do as a ca­reer and here I am to­day as a mu­si­cian. So to an­swer the ques­tion no I never thought that my singing tal­ent would be this big.

Botlhale, you en­tered for dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions with just one tal­ent, tell us about what tal­ent means to you and how do you keep your faith high at all times.

Yes I have en­tered a lot of singing com­pe­ti­tion, SA’s Got Tal­ent, The Voice SA and lastly Idols SA Sea­son 13. This singing tal­ent means a lot to me, it plays so many roles in my life, when­ever I’m happy or sad I sing or lis­ten to mu­sic and it has saved me from a lot of things like grow­ing up in the dusty streets of GA-Rankuwa there are so many things that leads our youth astray and with mu­sic and singing I man­aged to es­cape all of those things.

As a young artist who is just cre­at­ing him­self a name, what is it that when you wake up ev­ery morn­ing you wish for?

One thing that I wish for ev­ery morn­ing when I wake up is my name to be out there, that’s the most im­por­tant thing, truly speak­ing it’s re­ally not easy to make it in the in­dus­try more es­pe­cially if you’re new coz this in­dus­try if full of scavengers so if you have a lit­tle knowl­edge you’re in a big prob­lem.

Idols, you rocked the com­pe­ti­tion and rep­re­sented your city very well and the sup­port was just ex­cep­tional, how did that feel dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and what kept you go­ing?

There’s noth­ing beau­ti­ful like hav­ing peo­ple on your back, whether you’re do­ing well or bad, what kept me go­ing was the love that I re­ceived from peo­ple who sup­ported me through­out the jour­ney week af­ter week coz they be­lieved in me.

Tell us about the very first day you au­di­tioned and the day of the win­ner an­nounce­ment.

I first au­di­tioned in Pre­to­ria last year made it to the di­rec­tor’s cut then the fol­low­ing week I re­ceived a call that I did not make it through, but I never gave up and went for Jo­han­nes­burg au­di­tions on the same year then that’s when I got the Golden ticket. That was the hap­pi­est day of my life coz I knew by get­ting that golden ticket things were no longer go­ing to be the same as Idols is the big­gest singing com­pe­ti­tion in South Africa, get­ting more recog­ni­tion around South Africa. When the win­ner was an­nounced I was

happy for her, I be­lieve any­one de­served to win, we all worked hard, yes it wasn’t easy but we all fought hard.

You have made it to the fi­nals, even though you did not win the fi­nal po­si­tion, how has that im­pacted your tal­ent and the way you be­lieve in your­self?

I be­lieve when you en­ter into com­pe­ti­tion you pre­pare your­self for the best or the worst and any­thing can hap­pen be­tween the two, to me it re­ally didn’t im­pact my tal­ent in a neg­a­tive way but more in a pos­i­tive way, I mean to be in the Top 3 proves that I do have a tal­ent that peo­ple wouldn’t mind to pay for or in­vest in.

You have shared a stage with one of the big­gest artists in the world, Lira. Tell us about that.

I met Lira in 2015 dur­ing The Voice SA com­pe­ti­tion and that’s when she said she wanted to work with us even af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion as we were a Duo “Blaque Har­mony”, she’s such a bub­bly and lov­ing per­son, she kept her prom­ise and in­vited us to her events;Tal­iban- All white Fes­ti­val with Lira, Mnet & Friends Lira show. It was re­ally nice work­ing with her coz that opened many doors for us in the in­dus­try and that’s when peo­ple started to take us se­ri­ous

Your re­cent sin­gle. Mama ka Nozi, tell us about that.

Mama Ka Nozi No Thando is a song that I wrote in 2016 it’s a very long story but I’ll cut it short, by the time I wrote this song I was sin­gle and I was go­ing through a lot and be­fore I wrote this one I wrote “Will She Ever Come” where I’m ask­ing my­self will I ever find the right per­son? Then I re­sponded to the song will she ever come with “Mama Ka Nozi No Thando” .On Mama Ka Nozi No Thando I’m talk­ing about the mother of my chil­dren that I fi­nally found, yes I do not have chil­dren yet but I was just writ­ing about the fu­ture, at­tract­ing pos­i­tive things in my life, coz any­thing pos­i­tive that you say about your­self you at­tract.

Many young peo­ple give up on their tal­ents due to fam­ily back­grounds, lack of con­fi­dence etc. what ad­vice can you give?

Yes some­time fam­i­lies don’t sup­port such tal­ents coz they be­lieve mainly mu­sic and any­thing that has to do with me­dia is bad as they’ll be ex­posed to drugs and bad things or par­ents only be­lieve in ed­u­ca­tion and find­ing a job which is not a bad thing also. Con­fi­dence comes with be­liev­ing in your­self and if you can only do that, you will be able to con­quer.

Botlhale be­lieves that there is noth­ing spe­cial like hav­ing peo­ple sup­port­ing you whether you are do­ing good or bad.


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