King Monada gets his big break

His hit song, Ska Bhora Moreki, has put Bolobedu house mu­sic on the map

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane

KHUTJO STEVEN KGALE (24), who is pop­u­larly known by his stage name King Monada, is mak­ing waves in the mu­sic in­dus­try with his hit song, Ska Bhora Moreki. His per­se­ver­ance and hard work have paid off and he is fi­nally get­ting the recog­ni­tion he de­serves.

GROW­ING UP IN A RU­RAL AREA

He was raised by both his parents in Tza­neen, Lim­popo, to­gether with his four sib­lings. Due to fi­nan­cial con­straints, King Monada dropped out of school be­fore he could fin­ish ma­tric. In­stead of giv­ing up on life, he turned his fo­cus to mu­sic.

He ex­plains that it took him a long time to break into the mu­sic in­dus­try be­cause he was based in Lim­popo, where there are few op­por­tu­ni­ties for mu­si­cians to grow.

“This genre of mu­sic is called Bolobedu house mu­sic, but many peo­ple don’t re­ally un­der­stand it. And mu­si­cians who are do­ing this kind of mu­sic in the ru­ral ar­eas don’t have strong con­nec­tions in the in­dus­try,” he ex­plains.

He adds that his pas­sion is what kept him go­ing un­til he met mu­sic pro­ducer, Mo­lao Ram­mala of Open Mic Pro­duc­tions, who gave him his big break.

“Most of my mu­sic was played in tav­erns and at par­ties, but ev­ery­thing changed when I met Mo­lao. He was in town work­ing with other artists. He told me that he wanted to work with some­one who shares the same roots as him, and I was that artist."

HIS BREAK­THROUGH

King Monada tells Move! that he was over the moon when he got a chance to show­case his tal­ent and share his mu­sic with the whole coun­try.

“I’ve been mak­ing Bolobedu house mu­sic for a very long time and I never thought the day would come when the whole coun­try would be lis­ten­ing to my mu­sic,” he says. “Mo­lao re­ally made a huge dif­fer­ence in my mu­sic ca­reer. He saw me per­form­ing in one of the tar­vens and told me that he would re­ally love to work with me and get my mu­sic out there,” says King Monada. He says he gets in­spi­ra­tion for his mu­sic from peo­ple he meets when he per­forms in tav­erns.

“Ska Bhora Moreki was in­spired by peo­ple who just want to have fun and buy their own drinks. They want to do that with­out be­ing both­ered. My pro­ducer was im­pressed when I wrote the song. I couldn’t be­lieve it when I saw peo­ple from my vil­lage and the whole coun­try danc­ing to my song. I thank Mo­lao for be­liev­ing in my mu­sic,” he adds.

HIS LIFE CHANGES

The hit­maker says things have changed in his life and ca­reer. He now trav­els a lot and he’s recog­nised wher­ever he goes.

“I get to travel to most parts of the coun­try. It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I love what I do. I prom­ise to al­ways do my best so that I don’t dis­ap­point my fans. My al­bum ti­tled, Mo­lamo, is do­ing very well." King Monada says he would like to help artists from his area to reach for their dreams.

King Mon­ada, whose al­bum, Mo­lamo was re­cently re­leased, says he looks for­ward to work­ing with some of Mzansi's tal­ented mu­si­cians

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