Kamo, Kagiso, and Coachella Randy get real with YouTube reality show, Birth of Stars

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Social media influencers Kamo, Kagiso, and Randy
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Lights, camera, action! And that's their cue to shine. 

They first gained popularity as content creators on their separate accounts and now they have amassed an even bigger fanbase with their YouTube reality show, Birth of Stars. 

Social media influencers Kamo, Kagiso, and Coachella Randy get real with their fans in the new show. It all started when they were scouted by fashion designer Orapeleng Modutle through Instagram. 

“We used to go live a lot on Instagram and then were discovered by Orapeleng. We met with him and then he checked out our personalities and liked us. We planned to have it as a podcast initially, but that did not match our personalities, we wanted lights and not to be behind microphones because nobody really knows who says what at what time and then we decided to pitch the idea of having a reality show because people like to engage with us through our live videos and wanted to engage with us more.”

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"So we thought that we would be a cool way to show ourselves to people or build something from that," Kamo says.

He says when they were still talking about having a podcast, they wanted to talk more on topics concerning the LGBTQ+ community.

"It was what we were pushing but we did not even go deeper into the discussion with it and then decided that it was not going to work. The same day we pitched the podcast, it was the same day we suggested a reality channel."

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Kamo

They have put everything into their show and it's paying off. Their first episode has over half a million views so far. 

Randy tells us how they chose the name. 

"It was up for a discussion, it did not just pop up. It started when we acknowledged our influence in the queer community and on social media, so we were like we are stars man, and we are born for this and what name can be catchy yet relatable for someone who is watching as well to feel like 'I was also born a star'. "

Kagiso joins in and tells Drum what drew them to each other. He says that their personalities became a match made in heaven from their first encounter.

"We don't like referring to ourselves as a group because we believe we are more than friends before business, content creation, and everything else. We just clicked, and our personalities just clicked."

On the show, Kagiso speaks about how having a financial relationship with his dad affected him. A lot of people related to that.

Kagiso Mogola
Kagiso Mogola

"Before you can accept, try to communicate. Honestly, I tried to get close to my dad and he would come and then distance himself again. So try and if going to a psychologist does not work out, I think acceptance as well is most important.

"It is not easy accepting that the person who made you come alive is not part of your life, it's draining and takes a lot from you. So focus on the good, we are here for a good time, not a long time," he tells Drum.

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Meanwhile in the show, Randy takes a big step towards healing through an emotional therapy session in the third episode. He says it was his first time opening up as he finds it hard to often speak about how he feels.

"I lost my mom two years ago, and I do not think I ever had the time to mourn or to kind off understand this big change in my life and I came here because I feel like it is affecting my life," he admits to his therapist on the show.

Coachella Randy
Coachella Randy

However, the young creative is grateful to have met his buddies, Kamo and Kagiso who he thanks for their emotional support. He tells us that they are a blessing in disguise.

"God blessed me with Kamo and Kagiso because one of the things that make me lose a lot of people is that I used to experience a lot of bullying from a lot of my friends, I had to fight for me to be heard. And with them, whenever we have a conflict, they don't retaliate, they listen and we don't prolong things. I'm very emotional and sensitive, they always try to avoid fighting at all cost."

For them, the sky is the limit, Kamo says. They want to help remove the stigma around the queer community with their show.

"We are trying to avoid that one thing that is always taken to queer people it is always sex, it's always men etc. So we are trying to show people that you can be queer and still push your dreams and that is okay to take decisions without being scared to live your life. We are trying to change the narrative about gay people."

Randy adds, "If you look at our community, we look up to people in the international industry, in America, UK, and personally I feel like South Africa boxes gay people. You can create your stage and it doesn't matter if you are in Uganda or Zimbabwe, it's there and slowly opening up and no one is going to give you the platform to it, so do it yourself."

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