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Celeb edition with Baratwa

Leungo Mokgwathi

With a wonderful voice, a natural gift for song-writing and an ability to move her beautiful body in time to the beat, Baratwa Phuthego looks to have a bright career in music.

The stunning Palapye songstress, who performs by her first name, is a Visual Performing Arts graduate; her emotions and personality are the centerpieces for every project and performance she undertakes.

In this feature, she shares her journey, hopes and aspirations.

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Take us to the very beginning of your musical journey.

My church’s Praise and Worship ministry developed my love for music.

From singing with my choir, my pastor then taught me how to play the guitar, but it wasn’t until 2019 that I decided to pursue music as a career.

My first single was titled ‘Mosadi wa Gago’ and in 2020 I put out three more singles and a year later dropped another EP titled ‘Little Things’.

Which genre do you specialize in?

When I started I was into Dance Hall, but I have always had a strong liking for RnB and Pop, which is why my most recent project is Pop music.

So what inspired you to pen down lyrics and start making music?

I had gone through so much and there was so much hurt stored inside me.

I needed to let it all out and to share my story.

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Considering how much I loved music and actually had the talent and skill, I thought to myself, why not?

I tell my life stories through my music and also try to mirror society through it.

And how has it gone down with the public?

People love the music and I am working on publicizing my brand even more because I realized that most people know my songs but not the person behind them.

So, my biggest priority this year is getting people to know about me.

You’ve come to the right place then! Describe your creative process when you write new music.

Remember that I mostly write about my life experiences.

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So, before penning down any words, I sit and reflect on past experiences, on words spoken to me and try to find a theme to write about.

It takes a lot of vulnerability in order to fully share my truths and experiences.

Research is also an important aspect, in order to expand and modify my stories.

Are there any musicians who inspire you locally?

Charma Gal inspires me in many ways because I have worked with her before as one of her dancers and her work ethic is phenomenal.

She keeps it moving, she is focused, and she knows who she is.

Anyone you would like to work with in the future?

Baxon and Tom Triggo.

I really love their work and the passion in their craft.

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It’s also a girl crush thing, please make me anon (laughing)!

I would also love to work in future with Charma Gal and Slizer because I really love and respect them and their work.

I promise I won’t tell! What else do you do besides music?

I am a girl of many talents.

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In terms of dance, I have been dancing for most of my life.

I am a trained Ballroom, Latin and Contemporary dancer.

I actually danced with Mophato Dance Theatre two weeks ago for the Pula Musical which starred Palesa Molefe.

You may also have seen my face on Ebony hair products and I recently shot a production with BET.

What projects can we expect from you in the future?

My second EP titled ‘3 decades’ is out, it’s been almost four months since the release so people should definitely check that one out.

I am also working on another soon-to-be announced project which will drop before the year ends.

Five things people don’t know about you?

1. I am a Jesus freak
2. I’m Super Single
3. Love to read personal development books
4. I hate winter
5. I am a loner, enjoy my own company and spend most of my time indoors

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