Master KG
Birth nameKgaogelo Moagi
Born (1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 25)
Tzaneen, South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Music producer
  • DJ
  • Singer
Years active2016–present
LabelsOpen Mic Productions

Kgaogelo Moagi (born 31 January 1996),[1] known professionally as Master KG, is a South African musician and record producer. His debut studio album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category.[2] He is also known as the pioneer of "Bolobedu" dance.[3] In 2020, his song "Jerusalema", featuring Nomcebo Zikode, went viral online, garnering international success and topped #1 Billboard charts.[4][5]

Early life

Master KG grew up in Calais Village in Limpopo. He started playing with beats at the age of thirteen using a computer that his late uncle bought him. Master KG was in a relationship with Makhadzi before they split in August, 2020.[6]

Career

Master KG's music career started when he got in touch with DJ Maebela and they began experimenting with music software specifically FL Studio.[3] In 2016, after much practice, he released his first single "Situation." After getting signed to his current record label, Open Mic Productions, Master KG released his debut album Skeleton Move in 2018. Master KG has collaborated with a number of artists including Zanda Zakuza and Makhadzi. He sings in his local language Khelobedu,[3] a language spoken by Lobedu People. Master KG has performed in a number of other countries including Zambia.[7] In December 2018, his song "Skeleton Move" was apparently voted Thobela FM's song of the year and sparked controversy as King Monada's fans felt "Malwedhe" (which is King Monada's song) deserved the award.[8]

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In December 2019, Master KG released the song "Jerusalema", featuring Nomcebo Zikode. In mid-2020, it went viral online, charting internationally and spawning a remix with Burna Boy.[4] The video of "Jerusalema" was taken down on YouTube on the late hours of 5 August 2020, but was restored on the following day.[9]

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUT
[10]
BEL (Fl)
[11]
BEL (WA)
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
NL
[15]
SWI
[16]
Skeleton Move
  • Released: 7 September 2018
  • Label: Open Mic
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Jerusalema 54 35 41 27 32 10 12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SA
[17]
AUT
[10]
BEL (FL)
[11]
BEL (WA)
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
NL
[15]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[16]
UK
[19]
"Skeleton Move"
(featuring Zanda Zakuza)
2018 Skeleton Move
"Remember" 2019 Non-album single
"Jerusalema"
(featuring Nomcebo)
1 2 1 1 2 3 2 31 1 55 Jerusalema
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.
Others
  • "Jerusalema" (remix) - Master KG feat. Burna Boy & Nomcebo Zikode (2020)
  • "Jerusalema" (remix) - Master KG feat. Micro TDH & Greeicy & Nomcebo Zikode (2020)

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Tshikwama"
(Makhadzi featuring Master KG)
2019 Non-album singles
"My Love"
(Makhadzi featuring Master KG & Prince Benza)
2020
"Xola Moya Wam'"
(Nomcebo Zikodefeaturing Master KG)
"My Melody"
(Nox featuring Master KG)
"Ntyilo Ntyilo"
(Rethabile Khumalo featuring Master KG)
"Khaya Lam"
(Zanda Zakuza featuring Master KG & Prince Benza)
"This Is Love"
(Bongo Beats featuring Master KG & Andiswa)
2021
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Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Associated Artists Result Ref.
2018 AFRIMMA Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro "Skeleton Move" Zanda Zakuza Won [20]
SABC Summer Song Song of the Year Won [21][22]
Limpopo Music Awards Best Dance Song Won [3][21]
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Song Nominated
Best Dance Song Nominated
2019 African Musik Magazine Awards Best Male Artist Southern Africa N/A N/A Won [22][23]
2020 NRJ Music Awards International song of the year Jerusalem Nomcebo Zikode Won - Won

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Makhadzi e Master KG estão juntos novamente?". Southern Times. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ a b c d "Bolobedu hitmaker Master KG in the right situation and going places". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  4. ^ a b Mavuso, Karabo (29 June 2020). "Master KG's Jerusalem gets 30 million views on YouTube!". News24. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/burna-boy/chart-history/FRA/song/1207441
  6. ^ "'Indeed it's true' – Makhadzi confirms break up with Master KG".
  7. ^ "So, this is Master KG". Zambia Daily Mail. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  8. ^ "Thobela FM's song of the year drama continues". The Citizen. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  9. ^ Zeeman, Kyle. "'Jerusalema' returns to YouTube - 'moment of silence for those who thought it was deleted'". times.co.za. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  10. ^ a b "Discographie Nomcebo Zikode". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
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  16. ^ a b "Discographie Master KG". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  17. ^ "South Africa - Radio airplay chart". Radiomonitor. Archived from the original on 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Discography Master KG". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  19. ^ "MASTER KG FT NOMCEBO ZIKODE | full Official Chart History". officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  20. ^ "AFRIMA 2018 AWARD WINNERS!". DailySun. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  21. ^ a b Leng, Claudio (2019-01-06). "Master KG ends 2018 with a big bang following prestigious award". Briefly. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  22. ^ a b "Master KG recognised for his work". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  23. ^ "Master KG wins big with international award". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
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