Hip-hop maestro dedicates hit song to woman in a coma hospitalised girlfriend

2011-06-04 00:00

A KWAZULU-NATAL fan sent a touching message on Facebook last year on May 27 to South African hip-hop maestro, Morale Veritaz, real name Thabo Molefane, about his girlfriend who was in hospital in a coma, saying, “Her condition is very bad.”

Instead of sending back a standard reply saying he hopes she gets well, Veritaz recorded a hit track and a video featuring Zola, and dedicated the title to the woman, Ayamaah,

Mholi Ngcobo (24) of Richards Bay said he wanted to do something special for his girlfriend, whom he has been dating since 2008.

Ayamaah (22) suffers from severe anaemia and spent a month-and-a-half in hospital. She came out of the coma soon after the song was released.

“Somehow I was confident that the rapper would give a positive response to my plea because the message was touchy,” said Ngcobo.

Veritaz replied four days later after the message was sent. The soft-spoken Ngcobo admitted he was surprised by the support he received from his icon.

“My girlfriend couldn’t believe it when she heard the song,” he said. “It’s good to hear the song on the radio and TV. We can’t get used to it.”

The song has had more than 10 600 hits on YouTube.

Veritaz told Weekend Witness that when he first received the message on Facebook he was going through battles of his own.

He had just found out that his mother had diabetes.

“I thought I needed to tell a touching story that would be meaningful. My first thought was to rap about my mother, but it wasn’t coming together. Then I got that inbox from Mholi,” Veritaz said.

He said he was moved by the lengths that Ngcobo had gone to in order to get hold of him.

Ngcobo was studying at the Durban University of Technology at that time, and the rapper is based in Johannesburg.

“She is a very special person. I want something that can make her feel that way,” said part of the message that touched Veritaz.

Veritaz said Ngcobo gave him hope about his situation and said that his mother would get well.

“I feel it’s important as an artist to address social issues and to be the voice that encourages the youth in saddening situations,” said Veritaz.

The music maestro is also an entrepreneur who owns his own a record company, Neo Shanty.

In 2007 he won the best mixed-tape on Hype Magazine, and this year he is due to release his sophomore album, Smile, Clap and Bow.

He said that through social media such as Facebook and Twitter he feels more in tune with his fan base.

“Without Facebook there would be no song called Ayamaah,” he said.

Ayamaah woke up soon after the song made it to the airwaves. She is now continuing with her medical studies at the University of Pretoria.

“Thank God that she woke up from the coma. After she heard the song she almost slipped back to the coma with joy,” Veritaz laughed.

To see the video go to YouTube and search Morale Ayamaah.

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