Opera Singer Thokoza Pushes Setswana’s Debut Single
Singer and songwriter Ginger Mokolopeng (44) hopes to unite Africans and raise awareness of the indigenous language with the recent release of her debut single, titled Dumela Afrika.
The song calls on Africans to look back and return to African ways of unity, sharing positivity and love without being influenced by the world.
In the intro, the first sounds are drums, hats, lead guitar and bass guitar, followed by Setswana singing. The music is then piled on by the backing vocals of Thapelo Zikhali and Mbuti Moloi to support the lead singer with beautiful melodic harmonies.
“The song was inspired by xenophobic attacks and calls for an end to xenophobia and Afrophobia. It calls for African unity, reform or rebirth, and for Africans to love and to be proud of their continent,” he said.
Ginger begins the song by saluting all Africans who live on the continent and love it, and endorses them for standing up for the continent so it can never be taken from Africans.
He worked on the song with record producer Phosoko Magalene, who described his music as African folk that infuses African rhythm with an indigenous language to raise awareness.
Ginger says he aspires to celebrate Africanism, Ubuntu and unity among Africans with this electrifying piece of music.
Ginger originates from the North Cape, from a village called Batlharos. He moved to Basotho Section, Thokoza in 2002.
Upon his arrival, he joined the Thokoza police choir. However, her love for music dates back to her school days.
“My love and passion for music started when I was still in elementary school. Much of my interest in music was influenced by my father who introduced me to all genres including jazz, reggae, RnB and classical music.
“It wasn’t until I became a member of the Roman Catholic Church Choir that I discovered my unique vocal dynamics, and from there developed an interest in choral music,” said ginger.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, his late father, Herbert, inspired him to continue his studies in classical music at the Fuba School of Music, where he majored in vocals.
In 2006, thanks to the support of his parents, he continued his studies in classical music at the Royal School of Music in London, where he obtained his diplomas in music and theory.
Another skill he acquired in the world of music is playing the trumpet as a second instrument.
He continuously explores various spaces of the musical fraternity to improve his art. He recently participated in the Music Africa workshop organized in Johannesburg, led by renowned African musicians.
Over the years he has performed at many music festivals as a soloist including the Alberton Eisteddfod, Thokoza Police Choristers Festival, African Chamber Orchestra and Chorus and Sowetan National Choir.
In 2016 he joined Gauteng Opera as Chorister and Assistant Conductor of the Cantary Children’s Choir.
The 44-year-old musician is a husband and father of two beautiful daughters. He received support and mentorship from Tsietsi Mofokeng and Ida Strydom.
Music lovers can download or stream his latest single Dumela Afrika on all digital stores including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
For more information on future music releases or bookings, contact Ginger on 082 652 8200 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, follow him on Facebook @Ginger Mokoopeng.