Rising Star Coolpixie on overcoming obstacles to get to his dream

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Losing both his parents at a young age drove Thabo "Coolpixie" Makau  to follow his dream.
Losing both his parents at a young age drove Thabo "Coolpixie" Makau to follow his dream.

He was once featured on Jozi's Finest hit, Pitori Mahlanyeng in 2019. His current single Nkata meaning ‘my love’ in Xitsonga is an Afrobeat tune dedicated to love birds this Valentine's month.

Thabo Makau (25), fondly known as Coolpixie, believes anything is possible through love.

“Nkata is a song about a guy who cannot contain his love for his fiancé. It is the month of love after all and I'm spreading positivity,” he says.

“But also spreading the love for friends, family and those close to us is important. Many people have lost loved ones due to the pandemic and we need to always stay positive,” he adds. 

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Coolpixie wasn’t always so optimistic about life. He’s had to jump many hurdles to start thinking positively and he did not allow his failures and hardships to deter him from living his musical dream.

Born in Diepsloot, Coolpixie lost his mother in 2003 after she fell ill.

He was forced to move to Modimolle in Limpopo to live with my aunt Elizabeth Buma who raised him like one of her own.

In 2006, his father also passed away after a short illness and he continued to live with his aunt.

“Losing both my parents at a young age has not been easy, but it has made me strong,” he says. 

 “When other kids spoke about their parents, I was always quiet, I longed for the love of a mother and a father. But being orphaned has given me the will to live and to keep chasing my dreams.” 

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Coolpixie began writing music as a way to ease the pain of losing his parents and to express himself.  “I started by re-writing people’s songs, then moved to make my own compositions,” he says. 

 It was in 2009 that he wrote and recorded his very first song. 

“I knew one day that I could make a career out of music, but I also understand that I have a long way to go,” he adds. 

After Grade 12 Coolpixie studied Film at the SA Academy of Applied Competence in Pretoria but dropped out due to lack of funds. He later did a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies which helped to develop his writing skills.

“Getting an education also contributes to the kind of music you make, the writing and level of discipline,” he says.

Through his love for music, Coolpixie has toured Mozambique and Nigeria promoting his songs Mombo, Focus.

“Hopefully the pandemic will spare us our lives and more people will get an opportunity to listen to my music,” he says.

Coolpixie has big plans for the future and would like to feature people like Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest and Burna Boy.

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