S.A Idols winner almost hits gold - CNBC Africa

S.A Idols winner almost hits gold

Southern Africa

by Sinesipho Mbandazayo 0

Idols SA season 11 winner, Karabo Mogane. Photo: Motlabana Monnakgotla

Idols SA season 11 winner, Karabo Mogane, is slowly but surely climbing the corporate ladder and rubbing shoulders with music industry heavyweights.

The Mpumalanga-born musician was one of the many South African students unable to complete their studies due to financial constraints. Winning the idols music competition has
not deferred him from wanting to complete his BSc degree in Geoinformatics.

“I want to finish my degree so I’ll be studying part-time. I haven’t let go of that dream but I’ll be working on my music,” said Mogane. In fact it was the money he made from his music that has allowed him to return to his studies.

Five days after Mogane was announced the winner of the previous season of South African Idols, he released an album that is about 3 900 copies away from reaching gold status.
South African music industry requires an album to have made sales of 15 000
to be certified gold and the young man says he is almost there.

“After winning, I knew that was when the big work would start so after the interviews I went straight to the studio every day working on my album. Five days later it was
released,” the soulful singer said.

Mogane emphasised the importance of taking music “seriously” because too many people tend not to understand the hard work that goes into getting ready for functions, “gigs” and
still having to get home and be human.

“I want to remind people of all the good music but I also want people to understand that music is a business and a career worthy of being acknowledged. We spend money to get
money and that is important in any business that is starting out,” he said.

The young man with a “dishwashing-liquid personality”, according to Idols Judge Somizi Mhlongo, said that he is doing very well for himself. The support from his record label, Universal,  and MNET has helped him a great deal.

He says that there is a lot of opportunity for South African artists to make their career lucrative if they work hard. He also mentioned
that doors have been opening since he won Idols and that all will be revealed at a later stage.

The singer plans to launch an annual concert called “The best songs have already been written”. He wants to bring together some “big” names in the African music industry and make it an annual event that everyone looks forward to.

“I love, love and I want people to feel something when they listen to my music,” the young singer passionately said.

He also mentioned some local musicians that he would like to work with the likes of Black Coffee, Judith Sephuma, Brian Themba as well as international artists like Jill Scott, John Legend, Sam Smith and Adele. 

The Idols S.A winner says that he is looking forward to attending the American Idols in May this year. He assured that his music journey will not end with Idols.

“I have a plan and I want to build an empire,” he boldly stated