‘Working with Kabza was a spiritual journey,’ says up-and-comer Spartz

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Spartz Motlhamme hopes people will find encouragement in her music. Photo: Supplied
Spartz Motlhamme hopes people will find encouragement in her music. Photo: Supplied


Kabza De Small has recently released his latest album, KOA Vol2 (Part 1), which seems to have been received well and might inspire new dance challenges on social media among amapiano fans. 

My favourite song in his six-track offering is Ingabe, which has registered more than 26 000 views on YouTube thus far. The song features newcomer Spartz Motlhamme.

City Press had a chat with the 23-year-old vocalist from Alexandra in Johannesburg to get a glimpse into her musical journey. 

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“My mom inspired me to be the woman I am today. As a single mother, she didn’t have much, but worked hard to provide for me and my three siblings. She encouraged me to use my voice as a tool to change my reality and even ensured I attended the National School of the Arts in Joburg, where I majored in music. I didn’t want to fail her, so I pushed myself.”

The singer, who describes her music as neo-African, has taken inspiration from musician Simphiwe Dana and American singers Lizz Wright, India Arie and Erykah Badu.

In 2020, she released her debut album, 21 & Black, which narrated her experiences as a young, black and spiritually inclined person.

About the music she makes, she says:

I want to always write and sing my truth, experiences and observations. Nothing is off limits.

“I know that my music heals and moves people to feel something.” 

Working with Kabza on Ingabe

The singer heard about Kabza from her boyfriend, David Ngoma, who is Kabza’s former manager.

She was introduced to the producer two years ago, and when the opportunity came about in January to work with him, she grabbed it with both hands. 

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“The recording process of Ingabe was an emotional experience for me. Like other young people, I wondered if I would ever reach my childhood dreams. Kabza and I aimed to make the song relatable to people who were striving to make something of themselves.

You hear the emotion behind each lyric. Working with Kabza was superfun.

Spartz adds a new element to amapiano music with her jazzy and soulful voice. Photo: Supplied

What made the process of creating this song spiritual was us combining our different forms of artistry and the guidance from our ancestors in bringing out the message of the song. The journey was amazing.” 

The collaboration with Kabza could catapult her music career to greater heights. She hopes her music will heal and give encouragement to people: 

I want people to keep fighting for their dreams.

Motlhamme’s music can be found on all streaming platforms. 


Janice Phiri  

Culture Writer

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