King Monada gets his big break
His hit song, Ska Bhora Moreki, has put Bolobedu house music on the map
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."
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