- The 'fainting' dance musician, King Monada, has come a long way since his days of poverty.
- He recently bought his mom her first car and she almost fainted from excitement.
- In a short space, he has come a long way and his mother has always been his biggest supporter.
There are so many moms out there that will go to extreme lengths to give their child what they need. One such mother is Thandi Matlala. She is was desperate to have electricity for her son to practice his music, so she would connect illegally to the neighbour’s house.
The room her son occupied was tiny, in a village called Mokgolobotho, just outside Tzaneen. This little room and the boy practicing in it has provided South Africa with an amazing talent, King Monada.
Marlala, who is 54 years old, works as a cook in Tzaneen at a local supermarket. She is so hospitable inviting some to the house to interview her son Steven Khutso Kgatla better known today as King Monada, reported Sowetan Live.
The front yard is adorned with three expensive motor vehicles belonging to the family. One can see that Matlala is extremely proud and happy with their improved lifestyle.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Khutso surprised his mom with a new car. He and his elder brother fetched her at work and took her to a car dealership where he handed her the keys of a brand new blue Ford Figo. Marlala said she almost fainted when she found out that the car was hers as she never dreamt she would own her very own car.
Not have a valid driver’s licence as yet, Khutso has gone the extra mile and provided her with a driver to take her to and from work each day.
Matlala has an elder brother who played in band for local taverns years ago. He was very talented and she says that Monada has inherited his talent from him.
While Khutso was still at school, his uncle was the one that would spend time with him in the afternoons teaching him to play drums and keyboard. Over the weekends, Khutso would follow his uncle to the taverns and watch and listen to his band.
Matlala’s husband, Elvis Kgatla, suffered for a long time with an illness and soon after his passing she was subjected to poverty. She was forced to uproot the children from their home in Rikhotso village and move in with her parents in Mokgolobotho.
Khutso found it difficult and unfortunately left school in grade 8 after a squabble happened between him and a teacher. He insisted that he was not returning to that school. Matlala was unable to get a transfer for her son to another school and it was then that he gave all his time to his music.
Working as a domestic helper at the time, Matlala asked the people she was working for they could help in any way to assist with musical instruments. She told her employer about how dedicated her son was to music. She says that the white couple were so generous, apart from giving her an old computer, car battery and generator they also gave her a piano.
They failed to get the computer to work after connecting it to the generator as there was just not enough power and diesel costs were just too high.
Earning only R800 a month, Matlala was not about to give up. She spoke to her neighbour and got permission from them to illegally connect electricity from their power lines. Her faith in her son’s talent gave her the strength to sacrifice so much.
Out of her R800 salary each month, she had to R400 towards electricity and buy clothes for her son’s dancing group as well as pay for their trips. She very proudly says that it is all paid up now!
In an interview at his five bedroom house, Mondada casually walks out barefoot and says that he will be available in a few minutes as he is just busy with Dr Malinga in the studio.
Mondada is a father of two precious boys, Temoso who is 8 and Junior who is 2. He says that people were totally unaware that his music career was started back in 2005, when he was a dancer.
The first track he did was in 2010, Dolly my Love. It was just after he met Mpho Madalani and Khutso Selowa. They had all the equipment to enable them to record the song.
It was not long after the track was released that he met he manager, Albert Makwela, who is still with him and has stuck with him through everything. Mondada looked up to Albert as a father-figure. He was the one that was there when Mondada needed transport to play at gigs that were away from home. To top it all, Albert had the best music system.
King Monada boosts more than 200 tracks since he started his music career. He says that there are 60 unreleased tracks that he is keeping in store until next year. He commented that he is very sure that Malwedhe will be the song of the year.
The idea of the song came about when Monada saw a post on Facebook. The post was about a girl that had not heard from her boyfriend and this was making her sick.
King Monada said that he had no idea that the song would be received with such intensity. He was positive that the song would be good but never dreamt it would get to the level it is sitting at now.
He appeals to all fans not to "idibala" (faint) while driving. His plea is that everyone must please dance responsibly over the festive season!
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