Master KG

Master Kg
Born
Kgaogelo Moagi

(1996-01-31) January 31, 1996 (age 25)
Spouse(s)Queen Lolly[1]
Partner(s)Makhadzi (-2020)[2]
Musical career
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Music producer
  • DJ
Years active2016–present
Labels
  • Open Mic Productions (former)
  • Elektra France
Associated acts

Kgaogelo Moagi (born 31 January 1996),[4] known professionally as Master KG, is a South African musician and record producer. Born and raised in Tzaneen, his debut studio album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category.[5] He is also known as the pioneer of "Bolobedu" dance.[6]

His second studio album Jerusalem (2020) was released, containing international successful single: "Jerusalema", featuring Nomcebo Zikode and Burna Boy, was certified diamond by FRA and atop Billboard Hot 100 charts.[7][8][9]

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.[10]

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.[6] In 2016, after much practice, he released his first single "Situation".

2017–2020: Skeleton Move (2018)

After getting signed to his current record label, Open Mic Productions, he released his chart-topping single "Skeleton Move" featuring Zanda Zakuza.[11] On September 21, 2018, his debut album Skeleton Move was released. The album features artists including Zanda Zakuza , Makhadzi, Team Mosha and many others. He sings in his local language Khelobedu,[6] a language spoken by Lobedu People. Master KG has performed in a number of other countries including Zambia.[12] 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.[13]

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.[8] The video of "Jerusalema" was taken down on YouTube on the late hours of 5 August 2020, but was restored on the following day.[14] The song earned him the MTV Europe Music Awards, NJR Music Awards in France, Feather Awards, and African Muzik Magazine Awards.[15] He signed a record deal with Elektra France.[16][17] At 2020 edition of African Muzik Magazine Awards he took-home three awards Best Male Southern Africa, Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year Award.[18]

On May 26, 2021, he released a single titled "Shine Your Light" with David Guetta featuring Akon.[19][20]

In September 2021, he embarked to Jerusalem Live Concert Tour to United Kingdom in support of his album, toured alongside with Zanda Zakuza.[21]

Tours

Headlining

  • Jerusalem Live Concert (2021)

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUT
[22]
BEL (Fl)
[23]
BEL (WA)
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
NL
[27]
SWI
[28]
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
[29]
AUT
[22]
BEL (FL)
[23]
BEL (WA)
[24]
FRA
[25]
GER
[26]
NL
[27]
SWE
[30]
SWI
[28]
UK
[31]
"Skeleton Move"
(featuring Zanda Zakuza)
2018 Skeleton Move
"Remember" 2019 Non-album single
"Jerusalema"
(featuring Nomcebo)
1 2 1 1 2 3 2 3 1 55 Jerusalema
"Shine Your Light"
(with David Guetta featuring Akon)
2021 33 29 96
[32]
Non-album single
"—" 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

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 [33]
SABC Summer Song Song of the Year Won [34][35]
Limpopo Music Awards Best Dance Song Won [6][34]
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 [35][36]
2020 NRJ Music Awards International song of the year Jerusalem Nomcebo Zikode Won
2020 African Entertainment Awards USA Song of the Year "Jerusalema" Nomcebo and Burna Boy Won [37]
2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards African Artist of the Year Won [38][39]
K H M A Best Producer Pending [40]
Most Played Alternative Song "Jerusalema" Nomcebo and Burna Boy Nominated [41]
SAMA 27 International Achievement Award Won [42]
SAMRO Composer highest Airplay Nomcebo Zikode Won

See also

References

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