Rising star Joda Kgosi on juggling school and her first love – music

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Musician Joda Kgosi.
Musician Joda Kgosi.
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She’s bold and unafraid to say what she wants, which might be one of the reasons why she’s causing quite a stir on social media.

Joda Kgosi’s latest single, “Truth is” trended on Twitter after its release at the end of last month. Apple Music has since added it to three playlists and it had about 50K streams in the first week.

Not bad for a young girl of 18 who’s also trying to do her matric this year.

This is her second single and it’s proved that the RNB artist is one to keep an eye on. Your ears won’t complain either – her dulcet tones make listening easy.

Drum catches up with this rising star from Midrand – full name Joda Kgomotso Naniki Kgosi – who looks set to make her mark in the music business.

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Why do you make music?

I make music because it is my joy and my first love. I also want to touch souls and make people feel something while listening to my music.

When did music become your passion?

My parents say that when I was a baby, I used to cry a lot. So, I'd say I've been singing since birth. But seriously, I've been singing for as long as I can remember. And I started singing solo at school when I was 12.

My favourite segment after sleeping time was definitely singing time. My parents knew all the nursery rhymes when I was small.

I started singing in a group in church called God's Angels and I joined the school choir in Grade 2. I started singing solo in church when I was 11 

What was the inspiration behind “Truth is”?

I was just fed up. I was tired of begging this dude to choose me, so I chose myself and left. It's a follow up from the first single, “Lunatic”, which I released when I was very angry and acting psycho. In this one, I am no longer angry, I am just done.

How was your single received?

My supporters went crazy. I literally trended on Twitter. It was insane. I felt very happy. But I had to get back down to earth again because I had a prelim on Monday.

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If you wrote a special song for someone, who would it be?

I'd write a song for my younger self. I'd say a lot of things that I feel every young black girl needs to hear. I'd tell her that she's beautiful and her dreams are valid, and they will come true. And I'd tell her to never stop believing in God.

If you could open for anyone, who would it be?

I would love to open a show for Rihanna. I have looked up to her since I was eight years old. I love her so much.

Who is your role model?

I look up to Steve Biko. He fought for what he believed in until his death. He was also very proud of his blackness, and it took me time to be proud of being black. He wrote what he liked and so do I, even if some people don't agree with it.

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