Why Gee Six Five plans to be a one hit wonder: “I want old people to chase after their dreams”

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Gee Six Five's song Obani lababantu has taken South African by storm.
Gee Six Five's song Obani lababantu has taken South African by storm.
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There's a new amapiano hit on the charts and it's taken South Africa by storm. 

It's not the song that has got South Africans talking, but the woman behind it. 

Gee Six Five is a retiree from KwaZulu Natal who one day decided to make a song, and Ngobani Lababantu suddenly blew up. 

It's received so much love that she says the song is something everyone needs to hear. 

Olpha Selepe (65) was born in Shongwe in Kwazulu Natal but currently lives with her family in Emadadeni in Newcastle.

Selepe retired as a teacher in March and started working on her hit single in July. The song has since set social media ablaze and has been turned into hilarious memes on Twitter.

Olpha is also currently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student in higher education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and she aims to complete her qualification.

“I recorded my debut single at this age because I wished to send out a very important message to the people of South Africa. I decided to use the amapiano sound because it appeals to the youth and it is what is trending right now. I trusted myself and realized that no matter my age I am a talented artist,” she tells DRUM.

Her song is titled Obani lababantu (Who are those people?) and she says that the message behind is that people need to stop saying that they have haters or people who gossip about them because no one can pin point who the actual culprits are and they never point fingers at themselves.

“Everyone has a tendency of saying that people are gossiping about me or people don’t want to see me do good. But people forget that they are also culprits, they also gossip about people and mock the situations of others. My message is that as people we need to evaluate ourselves to see that we not part of the problem. I wish that people would stop being victims of abantu bazothini syndrome, because there are a lot of people who had big and beautiful dreams that were never accomplished because they were scared of what people would say."

Why did she decide to get into music at 65?

"I want old people to know that they can chase their dreams no matter their age. I trust myself and I'm very confident. We shouldn’t pay attention to what people say but we should pursue the kind of life and dreams that we have for ourselves,” she shares.

Gee Six Five says that the support and reception of her song has been great and overwhelming, it has shown her that taking this leap of faith has not been in vain, however, she says that she is not planning on releasing an album.

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“My intention was for the song to go viral, I wanted to do something that would take South Africa by storm. I feel so humbled by the love and the support that I have been getting, I wish there was a platform where I could openly thank everyone. 

“I would like to apologise to everyone and to my fans, however, when I recorded the song, I told myself that it would be a once-off thing. That is why I gave myself the name Gee Six Five, it’s because I am only doing this song because  I am 65 and I wanted people my age to know that they can still pursue their dreams. Even to the people that may want to feature me unfortunately they will not be able to because I just wanted to release one song in my name. I want to give other people a chance who are old like me who might have the spark to release their own songs,” she adds.

Gee Sixty wants the youth and the elderly people alike to live their full lives and not be set back by the limits of the world. She wants all people to have the same confidence she has in herself.

“I want the youth which I love, to know that when they get into the music industry, they must know what their intentions are. They should also pursue education and they must pursue whatever musical passions they might have. I want them to be focused and not be influenced by negative people that lead them to drugs. I also would like the elderly to know that I want them to know that getting old is not a curse, getting old is not a disability it's only natural for them to get old but that should not stop them from doing what them happy. If you have a gift or talent please pursue it no matter the age, we shouldn’t just sit around and wait for out death, we should live our best lives whilst we still can.”

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