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Moabi Kotu is a singer, songwriter, recording artist raised in Soweto South Africa. Besides the obvious influence of rich African culture, his music reflects the influences of Jazz, Neo Soul, Negro Spirituals and music from across the globe. The Southern African Bantu people’s concept of UBUNTU is the building foundation of his music as it is still the way of life. The songs are sang covering the 11 native South African official Languages spoken in the country.
Moabi’s musical passion started from his home listening to his father's LP records, Mainly Jazz, Gospel, R&B and traditional African Music. Started singing in church, in school choirs and quartet vocal bands.
The music of Letta Mbuli , Caiphus Semenya, Brenda Fassie, Bayete, Mbongeni Ngema, Sankomota, Stimela, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Lucky Dube, Hugh Masekela, Merriam Makeba, Blondie Makhene just to mention a few artists from South Africa that's all that was on radio at that time growing up in South Africa in the 80’s and 90’s
Trained and Mentored from Age 15 by Milton Ndlakuse who is a 4-time Grammy award winning producer and current music director for Soweto Gospel Choir. That's where keyboard and vocals skills, both harmony and solo improvisation skills were developed.
Also picked up bass guitar under the training of Fana Zulu who was the late Hugh Masekela's bass player and actually let Moabi sit in Hugh’s rehearsals and shows as part of learning to execute what was taught.
Career Highlights include Performing at the 2010 FIFA world cup opening ceremony Collaborating on theme song Sign of Victory with R.Kelly, sharing the stage with Grammy-winning recording artists the legendary Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, the son of Fela Kuti and Afro Flamenco from Spain.
Featured on SABC Africa Morning Live, a channel that is broadcasted throughout the whole continent of Africa.
Performed live on KLAF Fox news Morning rocks to commemorate black history month in Louisiana USA.
Performed at Wurst Buirgaten on Festival International Louisiana weekend.
Performed as the headline at the first African Fest USA an annual event powered by the city of Tempe Arizona
Performed at the AFASA annual African Festival.
Performed at annual Carribean Carnival held in Phoenix, not to mention live DVD recordings and collaboration with other major artists such as HHP., Casper Nyovest and many more.
Currently has one released album titled Emakhaya which means home, it’s available online. Also just finalized recording a second 11 track album titled B.O.A.T.S Based On Africa True Stories. Which is in the process of release followed by major cities tour in the USA and homecoming tour in South Africa.
B.OA.T.S is a piece of work that tells my story of being born in the village North West of South Africa, raised in the inner city Township of Soweto and just finding my way through life in the big city of Johannesburg.
I’m paying tribute and homage to those who came before me, in particular, my two grandmothers who had a deep love for me, they were widows when I was growing up. I used to sit underneath them and listen to their stories, heard them sing, watch how they ran our homes, passed down traditions and heritage of my people. Those are the two invincible women with divine superpowers and they are with me daily.
The first single released called Turn Around is already available online worldwide and a music video available on social platforms and Youtube.
Growing up in Soweto was surrounded by music, from home uncles were already recording contemporary music and the ensemble used to practice at my grandma house 2051 Motubatsi street Soweto.
As a part of the traditional apostolic church clap and tap, type singing would invoke high spiritual transcends, The Struggle songs sang in protests against apartheid were everywhere, street corners, trains, schools, everywhere. The amazing part is strangers would share a song unrehearsed in perfect 3 to 4 part harmony and that's what I grew up around, not leaving out traditional songs which are chants, prayers and teachings passed down orally through song.
My father is a jazz head, so naturally, I just loved jazz because jazz is just in my home. Louis Armstrong, Low Donaldson, Donald Byde, Big John Patton, The Crusaders, that's the music my father played. His uncle Sam Maile was a piano player, composer, and arranger of one of the first movies in South Africa. Joburg Jim and Zonk.
Music is my calling to deliver messages from our ancestors, to educate the world about the beauty, the pain and the power of Africa in our times. Soothing tunes and intense spiritual vocals are there to call African unity, the spirit of Ubuntu and total healing of the mind, body, and soul.
As I travel the world I want to inspire kids in Soweto and everyone in Africa that their dreams are valid and they can be anything they want to be if they put their minds into it.
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