AT only 14 years old it’s easier for a young music star whose name is the talk of town, after a scintillating Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) performance in front of a responsive crowd, to let fame get into his head.
After all fame has seen grown artistes fall from grace if not managed well.
For a youngster whose brother was against him taking up music as a career, kwaito sensation Tebogo Moyo, affectionately known as Tebza, he speaks with the composure of a seasoned artiste that has seen both the good and the horrible sides of the industry.
“My brother never wanted me to sing saying that I’m very young to be in the music industry but after some persuasion he gave me one shot and I nailed it. My brother is an artiste as well although he hasn’t recorded anything, so I guess he was just trying to look out for me,” said the Form Two pupil at Milton High School.
While grown-ups are dancing to his hit track Wazikhoth’ ilihlo in night clubs where he is not old enough to be admitted, the youngster remains committed to his schoolwork.
“My family always reminds me that I’m a student first and foremost before I can even think about music so I give my schoolwork first priority.
“I’m only allowed to work on my music during school holidays and I’m fine with that because I don’t want to disappoint my family,” said Tebza.
The youngster’s love for music started three years ago and he hasn’t looked back.
“I used to listen my brother doing music in our backyard at home in Emakhandeni suburb and after I begged him to let me give it a try and I nailed it, Manplaza then took me to a studio with better equipment where we produced my first track Wonk’ munt’ uyajaiva.
“I then worked with Cal_Vin on the track Sgelekeqe,” he said.
He says winning The Outstanding Newcomer at the BAAs made him feel like a complete artiste.
“It was the best feeling ever winning the award especially in front of my mother and brother. I feel like a complete artiste now.”