She’s only 20 years old but already Kamo Mphela is making her mark in a big way with her smooth voice and impressive dance moves. Fans know the amapiano artist as the voice on hit tracks Sandton by Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa, and Sukendleleni by Jobe London.
But what you may not know is that she has plenty of other talents, including acting and dancing. Kamo started off her career hosting events. “I was an emcee,” she told our sister magazine Move.
“I posted a video of me promoting an event for Jobe, and it went viral.
“Artists, including rapper JR and his friends, started reaching out and everything went upward from there. Then Jobe asked me to feature on Sukendleleni.”
The recording sessions with Jobe opened many doors for Kamo, who considers herself a dancer.
“I never thought I’d do music,” she says. “I wanted to be in the entertainment industry but I hadn’t chosen a niche. I used my talent and figured it out from there.
“I want people to identify me as an artist. I’m using my craft. If I can make dance music, then I can also perform to my music.”
It was Kamo’s father, Onitiaf Mphela, who worked in production at radio station YFM and introduced her to the industry. “He’d take me to his work gigs and put me on stage to perform.
“It came naturally. I’ve never trained to be a dancer,” she adds. She loves dancing, even though she started out as an extra in popular TV shows like Isibaya and Scandal!.
“I might consider going back to TV,” she says. “At that time I loved acting but I was still in high school and trying out new things. “If I could go back, I’d just take every opportunity.”
Fans are still raving about her first EP, Twentee, released last year. She says there’ll be new music this year to keep the dance movement going. “I’m working on an EP. EPs are better than albums, which take a lot of time,” she explains. She also signed to the Major League Music Group in October last year, which is managed by twin brothers and DJs Banele and Bandile Mbere.
Kamo is focussed on her career and has no time for distractions – that’s why she’s single and not ready to mingle. “I don’t want to entertain anybody or give the wrong ideas because I don’t want it to be a hype thing,” she explains.
“You don’t really know why people are after you. For now, I’m holding it off. Whatever flows, flows. “I’m single because it’s a choice. I don’t want to make wrong decisions, or date for the wrong things.”
Instead she has her eyes set on the future. “I’m working on opening dance studios. A lot of people have been asking me for that.”