Rising Star: Kayton on how he wants to take over the world

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With his debut single titled Forever, Kayton has already won the hearts of many South Africans
With his debut single titled Forever, Kayton has already won the hearts of many South Africans
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He loves women and wants the world to know it. Musician Keaoleboga Sebalo (24), Kayton to his fans, recently released the single ''Forever'' where he sings passionately about appreciating the essence of women.

He wrote the song for someone close to his heart, but the depth of the lyrics and melody, and the overall message in it resonates with all women, he says.

It encourages women to define their true value and role in society.

He shares his gratitude to all women out there by singing to that special one.

The song's release coincides with the heightened outcry over gender-based violence in the country.

''We're all aware of the violent duress under which women suffer currently in the Republic. The song symbolizes the love, the care, the protection, and the respect that we [men] must demonstrate for our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, and our better halves,'' says Kayton.

“I was seven when I discovered that I could sing"

The rising star realised he had a gift when he was seven years old. 

“I was seven when I discovered that I could sing. I was part of the school choir from my first grade and won a lot of singing competitions at school, but I was never sure If I could make a career out of it,” he says. 

His very first public performance ever was with his school choir at Valspan Primary School in 2003. But he was later discovered by music recording company, Zero-One-One Entertainment. 

“I got noticed through the musical performances I posted on Instagram and YouTube,” he says. “They believed in me and wanted to help me get my singing off the ground.”

Born in the Northern Cape in a small agricultural town of Collen Jan Kempdorp, Kayton, he is the firstborn out of two kids. His sibling Keaobaka Sebalo is 19. 

After Grade 12 at Tlhwahalang Secondary School in Jankemp Dorp, Kayton went to do a diploma in Journalism at Rosebank College in Braamfontein. His love for music and performance always took centre stage in his life. In 2015 he joined the theatre group Grace of Destin.

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If he had another choice to study again, he would do performance art. “I would have loved to study live performance and music, but I couldn’t due lack of finances,” he says. But every day Kayton works towards perfecting his craft. 

“I practice almost every day so I can keep up with people who actually went to music school,” he says.

In the future, however, he will look into studying music.

"You can never have too much education,” he says. “I always aim to better myself and what I love.” 

Although he came from humble beginnings, where his mom Mpho Sebalo (39) is a housewife and his stepfather Gabriel Maruping runs a bottle store, he always had big dreams.

"I never had money in my head because all I wanted was to be on stage and entertain people,” he says. “For my very first performances, I would get paid R500 to perform at gigs and weddings. I even got paid with a jacket at some event. It was a cold day and I didn’t even have a jacket, so my payment as the jacket.” 

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Kayton writes and produces his music and hopes to reach the level of his icons Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars.

“I also write and produce other musicians too,” he says. “I grew up listening to a lot of pop artist like Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Chris Brown, but now I follow recent great artists and producers likes of Martin Garixx, AKA, Nasty C, Kygo, Black Coffee and Lauv.” 

The self-taught producer and singer learned to make music in 2016.

“My mom bought me a laptop for schoolwork, but I would use it to learn productions through YouTube videos,” he says.

“I would also save up some money to buy myself music equipment like microphones so I can record myself.”

Kayton describes his sound as pop mixed with contemporary RnB.

“I also infuse African elements. But my main thing is to make sure that my music demonstrates a lot of emotion,” he says.

In the future, Kayton would like to come up with ground-breaking music and perform on international stages and get features with his icons.

“I just want to try out creative styles of performance that have never been done in the past,” he says.

“I want to get out of my comfort zone and show that there is talent in Kimberley.”

 

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