Malaika founder produces album


MATSHEDISO Tshedi Florence Mholo of the Malaika fame has produced a solo album titled Victory which is topping the charts in Lesotho and Botswana.


The album, which she describes as a must have, is diverse and accommodates different languages from other African countries and plans are afoot for her to perform in Zimbabwe.

The musician, popularly known as Tshedi and describes herself as a hardworker and a fighter, says she has not left the famous Malaika group. She has no intentions to.

Malaika is an afro-pop music group, which has been described as post-kwaito, post-mbaqanga and neo soul, consisting of three young musicians: Bongani Nchanga, the late Jadu Ndaba and Mholo, a former school teacher.

“We are just on a break to do our own individual projects and more development. Time will come soon for us to work again. The contract binds us,” she spoke in a telephone interview from South Africa.

Mholo was named Unicef Celebrity Advocate, a participant in the 46664 concerts honouring SA’s legendary statesman Nelson Mandela and most recently when she performed as the female lead vocalist in the chart topping group Malaika.

Armed with a combination of natural talent and the relentless pursuit of attaining her aspirations, Tshedi has shared the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela, United States singer Joe Thomas, Rap diva Missy Elliot, African songstress Angelique Kidjo and many more.

Mholo is the embodiment of the new generation of young South African women with a vision. She is able to balance the demands many young women throughout South Africa are challenged with such as motherhood, career and the demanding schedule that each demands with a grace and a common sense approach that enables her to make the needed impact.

Born in the township of Boikhutsoin Lichtenburg, North West Province, South Africa, Tshedi has done a sterling job of consistently representing her home town.

Her list of awards include Metro FM — Best Afro Pop Album, Best Group, Best Album; KoraAward – 2004; Best New Comer Group; Channel O Music Awards 2005 –Best Afro; Pop Group; Sama Awards 2005 — Best Album; SamaAwards 2006 — Best Album and Sama Awards 2008 — Best Afro Pop.

“My album Victory is a childhood dream. I am very happy with the results so far. I can’t wait to explore and see other worlds. Thanks to Malaika for the platform . . . we all deserve to stand on our own and show people what we are made of and where we come from.

“I am also blessed by the fact that Sony Music signed and hooked me on Robbie Malinga and Mjakes, Jahseed from Bongo Muffin, Fally Ipupa and The Fareheitz from Angola to work with me. I am hoping for more collaboration in future, and travel the world again.

“Sony Music also hooked me up with the likes of Sipho Sithole who produced Thandiswa’s and the Soil, Robbie Malinga shaped Zahara and Ntando, another top musian and lastly, Thaso a music producer who created two of SAs biggest hip-hop acts HHP and Tuks,” she said.