When you have worked with some of South Africa’s great and award winning artists like Khaya Mthethwa, Neville D, Ernie Smith, Loyiso Bala, Lira, Kelly Khumalo, Brian Temba, Musa Sukwene, Robbie Malinga and including internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning Israel Houghton, that is definitely an indication of how amazingly talented you are. Lebohang Kgapola ticks off all the boxes for working with these artists, and for her that is just the beginning. But who is Lebohang Kgapola?
Well, born and bred in Mpumalanga, Lebohang is a middle child of three, raised in a Christian home where her burning passion for singing began in church at the tender age of 7. Her extraordinary unique hoarse alto tone came to light on Sunday mornings, belting out solo performances of classics such as “Amazing grace”, “Lamb of God” and “I surrender all”. These are counted her all-time favourite songs which carry sentimental value to this bubbly extrovert.
Her musical journey began taking shape when she moved to Pretoria in 2011, to fully focus on performing and studying part time. Here she performed with various bands that included the likes of Just Friends, Apple Soul, Zuri-Afrika, Morning Dew, Den Wade, Paseka, Morayks and Dj Micks. Her blossoming music career continued to grow rapidly, aided by her ability to sing almost any music genre. This saw her excellently doing backup vocals for different artists whose music genres vary, from Afro pop, jazz, house, kwaito, RnB, hip pop to Afrikaans music. This also led to her being able to be cast or featured in various TV shows that included Afro Café, Gospel Alive, Gospel Classics, SA Idols (where she performed with Khaya), Stripped Down and the game show ‘I LOVE South Africa’.
Her coverage by the media included being interviewed on Dumisa TV, SABC2 Morning Live and SABC3 Expresso. She also was featured on Sunday Sun and twice in a local Christian newspaper KRUSH in her hometown.
Although for most of the projects she does backing vocals, she also got featured in various albums where she became the lead sing. These includes Khaya’s award winning live DVD, The Dawn, Loyiso’s Kingdom Come studio album and Ernie Smith’s album called Closer. The experience she has gained throughout all these years is about to be put to good use as she embarks on her solo career. That journey saw her being a finalist at the 4th Annual National SA Indies Music Week, held at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Towards the end of 2017 she recorded her debut album infront of a capacity crowd in Fourways, Johannesburg. The album was released in April 2018. She also performed as part of the SA delegation at Midem in Franc in June 2018.
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