Popular for her whirlwind hit, ‘Obani Lababantu’, Selepe quickly became an inspirational figure when she decided to record and drop her first amapiano single at 65, drawing her moniker from her age.
Perhaps no-one has exemplified the Warholian ‘15 minutes of fame’ adage more fully than Nkosingiphile Olpha Selepe, known to us for just over a month as the overnight phenom Gee Six Five.
Her niece Sbu Mpungose, former editor of Cosmopolitan, Bona and True Love confirmed her aunt’s death in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as #GeeSixFive is no more. She displayed leadership throughout her life, was the epitome of fearlessness & inspired many with her single #ObaniLababantu,” said Mpungose on Twitter.
Popular for her whirlwind hit, Obani Lababantu, Selepe quickly became an inspirational figure when she decided to record and drop her first amapiano single at 65, drawing her moniker from her age. Gee Six Five, or Gogo Six Five, topped streaming and download charts in early November.
Born in Emadadeni in Newcastle, KZN, the former teacher completed her Masters at 63 and was pursuing her PhD in Higher Education. She expressed that while she had made attempts at the music industry before, through gospel, this album was a once-off thing.
“I have to apologise to my fans,” she told Vibe FM. “But this project is a once off project. I have a reason for this. I’ve already done what I’d dreamt of. Now, I’m making room for others.”
“You always hear people say things like ‘people laugh at each other’ or ‘what will people say?” said Selepe explaining her song. “So with this song I’m asking ‘Who are these people?’ What I’m saying is, don’t hold back on your dreams because of ‘people’.”
Prior to this popular project, Selepe had produced an album of children’s nursery rhymes in isiZulu. According to her family, her love for music began while training at teacher’s college, where she would go on to become a highly decorated choir conductor performing in both regional and national competitions. — Entertainment24