Our #MusicianCrushMonday is dedicated to Karabo Mogane this week after he dazzled us in an intimate setting at Gold Reef City. On the evening, Mogane, who won Idols SA in the year 2015 was dressed to the nines in a musical feast that carried a theme of masquerade. And attendees certainly played their role in looking the part. Since his 2015 win, the 26-year-old has also taken on a role on UJFM, presenting a radio show on Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm.
He performed material from the album Matters of the Heart, and was joined by guest performers Brenda Mtambo, his predecessor Musa and DJ Ganyani, with a beautiful tribute to fallen hero of Afropop, Robbie Malinga.
Here Karabo performs his first single after his Idols win, Ding Dong.
Karabo then invited on stage Brenda Mtambo, where the pair performed one of Mtambo's songs, as well as his own. A song that he explained he wrote during the course of last year that focuses on the subject of women and children abuse.
Mtambo's vocals add an intensity to the song that forces the listener to take note of the message being shared: Stop hurting women and children.
Karabo and Brenda on stage together. Photo: Itumeleng English/ANA
Mogane then invited onto stage Musa, and the two performed the song Sondela that is originally a duet by Malinga and Mogane. The song is taken off of the album Duets, which features collaborations between Malinga, Musa, Kelly Khumalo, Naima Kay, Ntando, Zahara, Fiso and Karabo.
By the end of the evening, Karabo had converted most people into the room, equally by performing a groovy house song that he collaborated with Dj Ganyani on to create.
Apparently the last live performance that Karabo gave in the form of a one man show wasn't the best, but if this show is anything to go by, watching Karabo live is an absolute treat.