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Entertainment - Date: 07 October 2021
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 1038
Bellafonte Mawela, who is regarded as one of the “godfathers” of VenRap, released a masterpiece to online music platforms last week, titled Sokolatela.
The album comprises 23 outstanding hits, including Radio Killa, Vho-Ramabuto, My Story, Shout out, Tshifhinga, Angelina, When the morning comes (ft Troj4n), and Naho ni siho (ft Thitupulwi).
“I am celebrating the gift of life through this full-length album, which took me and my team some years to complete,” said Bellafonte. “The public’s reception thereof proves that it is well cooked.”
As the son of legendary Afro singer Dr Irene Mawela, Bellafonte started singing at home at a young age. To him, music is the essence of life. “Music is everything to me. It is the place I go to for comfort when I feel sad, and it’s my companion in happy moments,” he said.
He believes that music is a universal language since it can communicate with audiences from anywhere. “Because music speaks to us, it holds the key to influence,” he said. “So, basically, if the right sounds and messages are sent out through music, it has the ability to make a difference.”
He has great admiration for his famous mother and enjoyed the liberty of re-doing some of her classics, such as Ndi itwani.
“She is my inspiration. If you listen carefully to my music, you will hear my mother’s unopposed influence everywhere - from my style, delivery and sometimes even the tone of my voice. She really has a lovely voice and is a great composer.”
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One of the VenRap godfathers, Bellafonte. Picture supplied.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.