Mo-T gets hitched

2013-01-06 10:00

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The Mi Casa trumpeter seals lobola negotiations

Moshe Kgasoane, better known as Mo-T from local top band Mi Casa, is officially hitched.

The 24-year-old Alexandra-born trumpeter paid lobola for his sweetheart, Moretiemang Tolman from Madibogo in Setlagole near Mahikeng, in the North West yesterday.

Kgasoane, son of Banza Kgasoane, the founding member of the legendary Alexandra Brass Band, has been on the crest of the wave, with a successful music career and several awards to his credit. He leaves for Washington DC later this month to perform with his band at one of the inaugural balls of US President Barack Obama. The band is famous for These Streets and their current chart topper, Can’t Get Enough.

But for now Mo-T only has eyes for his new wife, whom he met last year. “From the first time we saw each other we clicked. I had a feeling I’d found the one. In the beginning I thought she was playing around because she took everything as a joke. I kept in touch with her and followed her around and we eventually fell in love.”

His bandmate J-Something may have played cupid after he insisted Kgasoane visit the Adidas store in Melrose Arch where Tolman worked. Tolman has done some theatre work and is an part-time actor.

“I wanted someone to love me and grow old with me. You don’t have to look at what she brings to the relationship because then you end up competing.”

Kgasoane says Tolman brings out the romantic in him. He proposed in November at The Saxon, one of Sandton’s top luxury boutique hotels, where they were serenaded by a pianist. The patio was sprinkled with petals. There was champagne on ice. He went down on one knee, asked for her hand in marriage and slid the ring on. Tears rolled.

“I wanted to blow the trumpet when she accepted,” said Mo-T.

Tolman waxes lyrical about Kgasoane. “Moshe makes me look forward to every moment of life. I love him because no matter what heavy storm could come, he turns it into heaven. He is the joy of my heart.”

Kgasoane says his wife loves people and likes joking around. “We are so similar and I like that she listens to me and respects me. She’s always positive and pushes me to face things I try to avoid.”

Yesterday, as he finalised the lobola negotiations and threw an improptu celebration for the villagers and the two families in Madibogo, he was accompanied by his bandmate J-Something.

About getting married at 24, Kgasoane says he’s never been a late bloomer. “A lot of things came at an earlier stage in my life.

“I got my first car at 15. Look at how the success of Mi Casa blew up. It was quick. I credit my self-discipline and I think God will not give you things you can never handle.”

For the lobola celebrations, Kgasoane had three outfits made, two shweshwe and one formal, to ensure he was the best-dressed man there.

He is excited about the new year and says playing for Obama would be his biggest gig. “We’ll be on a world stage, making South Africa proud by taking the talent that side. We’re hoping to come back with a photo (with Obama).”

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