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Kwela

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Kwela was born Kwelagobe Petros Sekele in Soweto South Africa in 1983 and this is where he spent his childhood during the height of apartheid and the country's transition period.
He didn’t grow up in an artistic family but did sing in the school choir, had a stand-up comedy stint and another as a Pantsula dancer before writing his first rhyme for a rap battle in 1997. His induction into the world of music was at Joburg's iconic Le Club (a Saturday afternoon pop-up club) and thirst for Pan-African music - and Other - by inner city surfing. Kwela has also worked as a librarian.
Early 2000s put him in the middle of the city’s piomeering urban music and literary scenes. It was only in 2004 when he joined and led the renowned band Kwani Experience that his career took off. Together they influenced a generation with their bold and unapologetic Afro-Funk sound and aesthetic, setting stages ablaze in Africa and Europe while galvanizing younger similar bands.
Label:
Pirates Blend
Mai Mai Music
Location:
Joburg, SA. Toronto, CA.

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