Teen releases album

2018-01-17 06:00
Thapelo Mokoena Photo: Supplied

Thapelo Mokoena Photo: Supplied

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Teenage musical prodigy Thapelo Mokoena has taken another step towards unleashing his music talent.

Going by the stage name Melogy, the teenager has released a 14-track hip-hop album titled The Extraordinary Kid.

Most of the songs are self-composed. He released the album during the hype of the just-ended December season of 2017.

Thapelo says the album is the culmination of hard work over almost two years. He paved his way when he recorded a single, titled “Getting Money”, while he was in Gr. 6.

“I started writing songs when in Gr. 4 and not doing any vocals. I later did vocals,” says Thapelo, a Gr. 10 learner at the Brebner High School in Bloemfontein.

He says he drew further inspiration to pursue the hip-hop genre by listening to a good collection of other genres that his father, Mokete Mokoena, has on his playlist.

“Hip hop is a favourite that my father has on his playlist. He plays it in his car and at home,” he says.

The rising music star looks up to Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known by his stage name J. Cole, an American hip-hop recording artist and record producer.

“He stays true to his stories – storytelling songs,” says Mokoena.

The youngster says for the better part of 2017, his focus was to perfect work done over two years.

In an effort to strike a balance, the self-taught musician has begun to also work on perfecting skills to play instruments.

Thapelo says he collaborated with fellow peers, and also with upcoming musicians and producers, to complete his debut album, The Extraordinary Kid.

“Sounds and beats were composed by a different artist, Kid Doll, who is also under 18. The thing is that we all share benefits when working on a project.

“We perform at friends’ birthday parties to gradually sell or market our products, besides using social media.”

He believes the future looks bright for him and his fellow peers to make it big in the tough music industry.

“If I make it in the music industry by the time I am in Gr. 12, I’ll pursue music as my future career.

“However, if that does not happen, I’ll study towards Commerce,” says Thapelo.

Some of his school subjects are Accounting, Business and Science and he believes these subjects give him a good platform to pursue Commerce.

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