Local sings on world stage

2016-10-19 06:00
KILEZA, aka Kgomotso Tsatsi from Ga-Sehunelo near Kuruman, is ma-king an international name for herself. Photo: Supplied

KILEZA, aka Kgomotso Tsatsi from Ga-Sehunelo near Kuruman, is ma-king an international name for herself. Photo: Supplied

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KILEZA is a South African singer and songwriter who calls the world her home.

Kileza was named Kgomotso Tsatsi by her parents, who hail from from Ga-Sehunelo, a rural village near Kuruman.

A year-long negotiation process saw Kileza signing with BakTu Musik in the hope of touring South Africa for more performances, while also using the opportunity to visit her parents and relatives in Johannesburg.

According to Kileza’s profile, she started off her music career by entering the South African Idols competition, where she reached the six top finalists.

After reaching such a milestone in the South African Idols competition in 2003, then only known as KG, she went on to live and perform in Argentina, Canada, South Africa and now Germany.

“She is now a musical nomad and a talented vocalist with a mellifluous timbre, quickly making an impression on the German musical landscape,” stated Tumi Peter from BakTu Musik.

Kileza then moved to Berlin where she had the privilege of performing in some of the city’s greatest venues, including the A-Trane and the Berlin Philharmoniker.

She is also reported to have toured and performed with some of Germany’s finest acts, including live performances with the Kelvin Sholar Trio at the Jazz Festival in Accra, Ghana.

She also sang with Marcia Barrett of Boney M.

Among the greatest artists that she shared the stages with are also Andrej Hermlin (2011), Mic Donet and Ivy Quainoo of The Voice of Germany and the Fantastichen Vier for MTV Unplugged in 2012.

Kileza introduced herself to the Canadian music scene by winning the Waterloo Idols in 2005, as well as reaching the 20 top finalists stage of the USA World Showcase out of 40 000 contestants in 2007.

Whilst in Canada in 2008, she won production and radio contests with The Beat 91.5 in Kitchener and Flow 93.5, Toronto’s most popular urban station.

In 2006, Kileza was also the Talent Rock winner of Acting Competition.

In 2007, Kileza won the Rhythm of the Future contest and was selected for the Honey Jam concert, the stomping grounds of Canadian artist Nelly Furtado.

The year 2008 also saw Kileza winning awards in international songwriting competitions such as the 100% music songwriting contest.

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