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the live scene is buzzing with excitement at just what Tshedi has been working on !!!
Matshediso Tshedi Florence Mholo is the embodiment of the new generation of young South African women; she exudes power, confidence, talent and most of all she is a woman with a vision. She is able to balance the demands many young women throughout South Africa are challenged with, Motherhood, career, the demanding schedule that each demands with a grace and common sense approach that makes sure that she is able to make the needed impact where she is needed.
How does she strike this balance? The answer is through experience, inspiration and application of methods that have seen her successfully climb the obstacles that have rendered so many helpless. Since she burst into the music scene with the multi-platinum album Malaika with the late Jabu Ndaba and Bongani Nchang, she is continuing to make a mark as a personality and an individual. Sheer determination has been the current of energy that has seen her scale the heights of a high profile woman on the South African, African and most recently global music scene.
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She is one of the few recognizable faces and she is always on the road with her work – either in Johannesburg or other cities, townships and rural all over the country. Often times her popularity comes with the price of being mobbed by her adoring legion of fans.
What Tshedi (As she is commonly known to those closest to her) has accomplished in a relatively short space of time is the profile of in idol amongst our midst, however her humility keeps her grounded. That combination is one of the reasons why She is one of the few personalities who are consistently invited for different high-profile events and functions – and appears on different TV lifestyle programmes, newspapers and magazines.
Tshedi met fellow group members Bongani Nchang and the late Jabulani Ndaba in a church choir in 2003, while teaching music and drama at the Mmabana Cultural Centre in Mmabatho. They then formed what would become known as the multi award-winning group – recognized in Mzansi, the African continent and abroad.
Tshedi was born in a township called Boikhutso in Lichtenburg, in North West province and she has done a sterling job representing her hometown and province ever since. She never forgets to give mention to her roots and where she comes from whether being interviewed in Australia,UK or the African continent. Her travels have been far and wide, among them are; Canada, Mauritius, Singapore and Dubai. She has toured Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mozambique, and USA,,Ivory Coast,Tanzania where she shared the stage with American R & B, hip hop sensation singer Mya.
She returned from a triumphant tour of the United States, where she crisscrossed the country with Bongani of Malaika and the resounding success of that tour has caused the demand for a return engagement of North America which took place in September 2010.
In 2006, Tshedi was appointed the UNICEF Celebrity Advocate together with radio personality Nicole Fox and TV personality KB Ngakane.
At some stage in 2008, together with Unicef’s ambassadors, they visited Makgofe Secondary School in Makgofe
Village, Limpopo, to promote the „Kids Changing the World Campaign‟ and sports for development programme in the school.
The „Kids Changing the World Campaign‟ encourages children to purchase a Buddy Band from Woolworths, UNICEF‟s partner in the project. The proceeds of the sales are distributed between Heartbeat (a Western Cape Charity), the Woolworths Trust and UNICEF, abused women. In 2006, together with Malaika, they shared the stage with British-born singer Seal during an Aids show.
After her father Tebogo Samuel Mholo died of cancer in 2003, Tshedi took an initiative together with other prominent figures like Somizi Mhlongo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, KB, the late Lindiwe “Doobsie” of Muvhango fame, to make a public appearance and spoke openly about cancer.
As a group of Malaika, they have been part of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concerts. They have also performed at the G8 Summit in South Africa in 2004. Recently they were performing at the Fifa-organised event in Sandton. The drive was also to assure the world that South Africa will definitely be hosting the World Cup in 2010.
Children are closer to Tshedi’s heart. She has been a teacher for almost four years, doing Abet education for adults as well as teaching at Anchor Comprehensive school in Soweto. She taught life orientation and arts and culture. She has also adopted five children – where she takes care of their schooling and other financial matters. The five kids – who range between nine and 14 years, are from Lichtenburg, in the North West province.
The release of Vuthelani in 2005 exceeded all expectations, scooping up the Kora for Best Southern Group in December 2005 at the Kora Awards where Malaika also rendered an stunning live performance. The album had barely arrived on the market!
A responsible mother, Tshedi makes time to play for Kaizer Chiefs female celebrity soccer team where she is a feared and respected defender. Her community work includes being a motivational speaker and she has appeared at different schools to tell school kids about the dangers of drugs and unprotected sex.
In July 2008, Tshedi was invited to Soweto-based radio station Jozi FM together with Orlando Pirates and World Cup Organising Committee, Irvin Khoza’s wife Mantwa Khoza to assist a young rape survivor. They appeared in the show, hosted by Aids activist and Sowetan columnist Lucky Mazibuko, and made guest appearances – much to the surprise of the young girl.
In May of 2008, Tshedi was in the forefront of ordinary folk and personalities who were fighting the issue of xenophobia – when the xenophobic attacks, which made international headlines were still in the rise. She and other prominent figures assisted the children and the mother’s victims with clothes and food. She was also in the forefront of burying a young boy, Mpho Phoga. While funeral undertaker assisted with the coffin, Tshedi took matters on her hands by buying groceries for the mourners during the funeral on April 13, 2008.
In September, she was involved in the photo-shoot of Emperor’s Palace’s 10th year birthday celebrations. In October 2008, she was one of the personalities involved public awareness about the Guide Dogs which take care of blind people.
Malaika toured Australia from 6-9 March 2008 with Australian Idol 2007 finalist Tarisai Vushe as support.
Metro FM 2004 – Best Afro Pop Album, Best Group, Best Album
Kora Award – 2004, Best New Comer Group
Channel O Music Video Awards 2005 – Best Afro Pop Group
Kora Award 2005 – Best Southern Africa Group
Sama Awards 2005 – Best Selling Album
Sama Awards 2006 – Best Afro Pop
Sama Awards 2008 – Best Afro Pop
ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGH PROFILE PERFORMANCES:
Not only have they dominated the charts and received prestigious awards; Malaika have also seen a drastic increase in the demand for their live performances, gracing some of the high profile events between in South Africa. To name a few: Sports Awards, Teachers Awards, Dept Of Transport Awards, Kora Awards, Premiers Awards, President Mbeki’s Inauguration, President Obasanjo’s Birthday, 10 Years Democracy Celebrations, World Cup Bid, former President Thabo Mbeki’s Birthday, and more.
Malaika have shared stage with overseas acts like US R&B singer Joe Thomas, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Abigail Kubheka, Chante Moore and Kenny Latimore, Mya, The Manhattans, Oliver Mtukudzi, Angelique Kidjo, Simphiwe Dana, Ismael Lo, Missy Elliott, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya, the legendary World music group Stimela and the late Brenda Fassie during Miss Malaika.
THIS AND THAT ABOUT TSHEDI:
Tshedi has love for art works and craft. She is a budding painter and some of her works adorn her house. She loves beautiful and sexy cars.
She is a soccer player – where she is a defender for the glamorous Kaizer Chiefs female celebrity soccer team.
She is a former celebrity advocate of Unicef and a motivational speaker of note!
She is her own publisher – publishing her own music under Kamoduktion Publishing, which is administered by Gallo Publishing.
Tshedi is the owner of Leopard Queen Network (PTY) Ltd which is an open company but with a vision of hosting events for women empowerment and government institutions. Several shows have been hosted in partnership with Protea Hotel in Roodepoort,Coca-Cola and received a lot of support from the community at large.
She is a songwriter, composer, producer and singer.
She is an actress and has passion for stage plays for an example:She played on Muvhango,and local Tswana comedy,”Ga re dumele” (airs on SABC 2)which is planning to feature her again for 2014 episodes.
She was once had business interests in the transportation business, in which she owned metered taxis around Gauteng and also used her bus to transport Malaika to shows as well.
Tshedi has been spotting talent for Malaika – notably the musicians and the colorful and energetic dancers of the group.
TSHEDI ON VICTORY
Tshedi managed to stand on her own and released her solo project titled “Victory” which has distinctive diversity of African sounds separating her from Malaika.
Available on Itunes and released by Sonymusic Africa on the 14th Oct 2013. She managed every process of the recording and gave direction where it‟s due. She incorporated the musical experts of this industry to realize her dream.
Sipho Sithole,Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe,Guffy Pilani,Thaso,The Duo-The Fareinheitz from Angola and Dj Choice. Theres songs featuring Fally Ipupa,JahSeed from Bongo Muffin and Babsy Mlangeni.
In closing, we can only say that the world is truly her oyster for Tshedi, replete with endless possibility and potential, for this embodiment of the New South African Woman!
Article by Tonderai M.
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