Nandipha Pantsi
3 minute read
24 Nov 2015
8:00 am

Idols SA winner Karabo on his big plans

Nandipha Pantsi

He had to drop out of university but he did not give up.

When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music.

Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music.

“I’ve always known that it’s my responsibility to make my dreams come true,” he says. “I didn’t want to drop out of school, but I had to. I didn’t give up on myself though, so I took a chance and auditioned for Idols.”

The 24-year-old former Geo-informatics student grew up in Nelspruit and is the youngest of eight children. Both of his parents are pastors. “I grew up in a very strict home. My parents have always worked hard to instil good values in me and my siblings. They never really cared about what we did with our lives, they just want us to be respectful people who make good choices in life.”

Mogane hopes to do a lot of things for his family now that he is on the road to stardom. One of these is to take his mother on a trip overseas. “I went overseas for the first time this year and it was such an eye-opener. My mother has never been overseas so I’m going to spoil her one of these days,” he says with a laugh.

Mogane discovered his love for music at his church where he frequently led his praise and worship group. “I don’t have any training in music. Everything I know I have learnt through practise at church and through my brother’s R&B CDs,” he says.

Speaking about his Idols SA experience, Mogane said he was hurt when one of the show’s judges, Somizi Mhlongo, said he had “a great voice and the personality of dish-washing liquid”.

“I was really broken by that comment because it made me doubt myself. But I decided to work hard on impressing the judges. I knew that if I wanted to be a star, I needed to start acting like a star, especially when I’m on stage.”

Mogane admits to being the most reserved of his siblings. “I’m a very shy person naturally – but slowly but surely I am learning to be more out there.” Regarding his plans for the future, Mogane says he will be working even harder now.

“I know a lot of Idols contestants disappear after winning, but I promise I won’t. “I’ve already made plans to move to Johannesburg, so you will be seeing a lot more of me in the future,” Mogane says.


About Karabo Mogane

  • He is single and isn’t ready to mingle. “I don’t think I’m going to have any time to be in a relationship right now.”
  • His first single is titled Ding Dong and is available on iTunes.
  • He hopes to collaborate with artists such as Black Coffee (Nkosinathi Maphumulo), Nathi Mankayi and Judith Sephuma.