WE ARE INSPIRED BY: BOTHALE
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.
BOTLHALE AND HIS GRANDPARENTS DURING THE IDOLS COMPETITION.