Changing genres for success
Software analyst Tshepo Motshegoa is one of the vocalists who has successfully changed genres.
Tshepo Motshegoa, 32, better known as Bantu Soul, was born and raised in Temba about 45km north of Tshwane.
His interest in music started when he was a teenager and was inspired by his uncle.
He is a systems architect with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Pretoria. His music career began with an RnB band called Khalil.
In 2007 Bantu Soul released his self-titled album, Bantu Soul, and Soulphisticated is his second album.
He won the Metro Award for Best Male in 2008 and went on to be one of the opening acts for John Legend's Evolver Tour in 2009.
His third offering, Love Crimes, is a journey through the many phases of love. One of the main objectives of this project was to grow with the fan base his first album had given him.
Four words that describe Bantu Soul?
Passionate, artistic, soulful and intelligent.
Who stands out for you inSouth African music?
It has to be Black Coffee. As a producer he is doing superbly well both locally and internationally.
You are known for mixing various languages in your songs, how many languages do you speak?
Four - English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu and Setswana .
How do you define your music?
Simply soulful and Vocal House.
What was it like sharing the stage with Erica Badu and Chante Moore on their SA tours?
That was awesome. I can still recall them as if it were yesterday.
After your first two albums ittook you four years to release a third. Why?
I didn't want to release an album when I had nothing to say or share. So I can now say I am ready.
What inspired your single, Spiritual Love Affair?
My three-year-old son Kano. He means everything to me from my spiritual love for him to the connection we have. That is why I wrote the song.
What is the story behind Love Crimes?
The album is a story of one meeting, falling in love and sharing it.
Do you have a music video for Spiritual Love Affair?
Yes. It was released a couple of weeks ago. We will be shooting another one in October, so watch this space.
You were in a band called Khalil, what happened to the group?
We separated because we wanted to pursue solo careers and individual talents.
Would you be willing to work with them any time soon?
Yeah, I would be more than happy to do so again.
Why did you change your genre from RnB to House?
I couldn't be doing the same thing forever. It was time to change and by so doing, I fell in love with House.
Bantu Soul's firsts...
It was in 2007. The single was called Having You Around
FIRST JOB BEFORE MUSIC CAREER:
I was a software analyst for Momentum Life
FIRST BOOK I READ TO THE LAST PAGE:
Steve Biko's I Write What I Like
FIRST THING I DO BEFORE GOING ON STAGE:
I have a quick, silent prayer
FIRST HOME APPLIANCE:
I brought myself a 74cm Samsung TV
FIRST THING I DO WHEN I GET OUT OF BED IS.
I brush my teeth