From Big Brother to music charts, The Ghost rides his dream

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Themba Mabaso says he will continue with his plan of expanding his tattoo shop and work hard to try and build his mother a house. Photo: Supplied
Themba Mabaso says he will continue with his plan of expanding his tattoo shop and work hard to try and build his mother a house. Photo: Supplied


Since Big Brother Mzansi ended more than a month ago, the housemates have been working hard trying to monetise their relevance. Some have been testing their skills and talents in the hope of cementing themselves in the entertainment industry.

Big Brother Mzansi second runner-up Themba Mabaso aka Themba Broly has Africa dancing to his tune as he tries his luck in the music industry.

The father of two released a three-track self-titled EP with the help of award-winning Mthokozisi “DJ Tira” Khathi featuring Viggy and Virginia Qwabe, Prince Bulo as well as Skye Wanda.

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Also known as The Ghost, Mabaso’s EP comprises three tracks, Uyangifaka, Ngiyakuthatha and Ithuba, which all have different sounds. None of the songs qualify as real hits but with proper marketing, they seem to be on people’s playlists.

A week after its release, we look at how the EP was received.

As much as it topped social media trending lists and iTunes charts, fans were not paying too much attention to it on other streaming platforms such as Spotify where the EP garnered just over 3 000 streams. Uyangifaka was number one on the iTunes charts in South Africa and Kenya and one expected it to hit more numbers.

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He must be commended for trying his luck and following his dreams though.

Speaking to City Press, Mabaso said he wrote the songs with the help of people in studio with him. He said featuring the Qwabe twins was a last-minute decision, which worked out well.

He said:

When the Qwabe twins came in, we were done with the songs and they wanted to put in a verse. They said there’s no way we are not coming in, and when they did, it was wonderful.

Mabaso described himself as a versatile artist hence the different sounds of each of his three songs. “I am a singer. I sing anything, but because I have songs I recorded before working with DJ Tira I would say I am an African R&B artist,” said the muso from Alexandra township.

He said he was grateful to God for giving him people who believed in him. “I thank God everyday because you cannot explain how everything happened. I am grateful for the people who are supporting me and making it happen. I am a spiritual guy, so I pray a lot.”

The 30-year-old also revealed that his fans could expect a gospel song from him in future. The heavily inked tattoo artist said he still loved his tattoo business. His team was running the tattoo parlour as he worked hard at finding his feet in business.

Mabaso won the hearts of many while in the Big Brother house, and fans were shocked when he did not walk away with the R2 million grand prize.

His fanbase known as the “Ghostnation” did all in their power to make sure he was set they even bought him a fully furnished apartment as a consolation price.


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