Catch Shanti Lo at the Joy of Jazz
SHANTI LO is one of the new talents to look out for at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival on August 23 and 24.
Born and raised in Botswana as Tumediso Kagiso Loeto, pictured, when he is not onstage performing you could easily mistake him for a model.
When I met him recently he was all dolled up in make-up and a very stylish suit. He looked like a model coming straight from a shoot.
"Looking good is my fetish," Shanti Lo, 29, says.
With his raw singing talent Shanti Lo has made a steady music career for himself as a jazz vocalist. It all started with his mother, Mpho Loeto, who sang gospel music and recorded an album, Letsatsi La Bofelelo, in 1997.
"I didn't study music. It just came naturally. But I did study fashion design here in South Africa at LISOF in Johannesburg in 2001," Shanti Lo says.
He adds that he dropped out before he qualified.
Initially the jazz artist, who sings in both Setswana and English, never thought he could make a career out of singing, especially not in his native Botswana.
"So I figured that if the music thing didn't pan out I could always fall back on to my fashion design as a back-up plan," Shanti Lo explains.
While studying fashion in South Africa his debut album, Koi, was released in Botswana.
"It was rather experimental." he says.
Shanti Lo was also a member of a band called 1 on 1, in which he sang jazz . The band also performed at live events in and around Johannesburg.
"Performing at the Joy of Jazz is a big deal for me because it will be the second time around that I perform as Shanti Lo after my stint in Grahamstown in 2009.
"And that makes me feel really excited," he says.
After Koi he released his self-titled album Shanti Lo.
Jazz fans are undoubtedly in for a treat with his singles as well as his latest album, Lerato.
Catch Shanti Lo at the Conga stage on Thursday next week at the Newtown precinct, Joburg, for the Joy of Jazz fest. - firstname.lastname@example.org