Master KG
Birth nameKgaogelo Moagi
BornTzaneen, Limpopo, South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Music producer
  • DJ
  • Singer
Years active2016–present
LabelsOpen Mic Productions

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

Early life

Master KG grew up in Calais Village in Limpopo.[1][2] He started playing with beats at the age of thirteen using a computer that his late uncle bought him.[1][2] 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.[4] 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.[2] Master KG has collaborated with a number of artists including Zanda Zakuza and Makhadzi. He sings in his local language Khelobedu,[4] 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.[5] 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]

Awards and nominations

Awards

Title Song Year Awarded Awarding Board Associated Artists
Best Artiste, Duo or Group

In African Electro[10]

"Skeleton Move" 2018 AFRIMMA Zanda Zakuza
Song of the Year[11][12] SABC Summer Song
Best Dance Song[4][11] Limpopo Music Awards
Best Male Artist Southern Africa[12][13] 2019 African Musik Magazine Awards

Nominations

Title Song Year Awarded Awarding Board Associated Artists
Best Music Video "Skeleton Move"[11] 2018 Limpopo Music Awards Zanda Zakuza
Best Song
Best Dance Song

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Githuri, Job (2019-07-16). "Everything you need to know about Master KG". Briefly. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e Nkosi, Joseph (2019-12-04). "Master KG Biography, Age, Profile, Record Label, Songs & Music Video". The Nation SA. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  3. ^ "African music awards nominees released". Southern Times. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bolobedu hitmaker Master KG in the right situation and going places". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  5. ^ a b Mavuso, Karabo (29 June 2020). "Master KG's Jerusalem gets 30 million views on YouTube!". News24. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  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. ^ "AFRIMA 2018 AWARD WINNERS!". DailySun. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  11. ^ a b c Leng, Claudio (2019-01-06). "Master KG ends 2018 with a big bang following prestigious award". Briefly. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  12. ^ a b "Master KG recognised for his work". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  13. ^ "Master KG wins big with international award". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
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