Tshego (Tshegofatso Ketshabile), was born to two ordained ministers on the 21st of May, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Born in the USA, by chance, as his parents were studying abroad from their native continent of Africa, Tshego would frequent South Africa from the age of 4 until he would eventually settle in Mafikeng, South Africa in 2002. He may have been nested in America, but his wings of talent were polished in Mafkeng. The singer/songwriter and producer has been attracting attention from veterans and newcomers alike.
When asked why he chose music as his career path, he answers: “Simply because I fell in love with it. One of the earliest memories I have of myself is being on stage. I was probably 4 or 5. I was always attempting to learn new instruments. I say “attempting” because I never really succeeded in mastering even one of them (violin, piano, drums, guitar). My mom used to tell me to finish what I started, and that’s one of the times I wish I had listened to her. My parents kinda let us explore anything we wanted to. It got to the point where what I really wanted to do was make music, and I did.”
2014 saw the release of Tshego’s free project “Since 1990”, a studio quality project that was released digitally, for free. “Since 1990” represents what Tshego feels he has owed the art of music, lovers of music, and himself.
In 2014, Tshego also appeared on Cassper Nyovest’s Platinum selling album “Tsholofelo” on the track “Cold Hearted”, which, despite not being a single, is a fan favourite. Furthermore, Tshego and Cassper’s relationship continued which lead to Tshego signing with Family Tree in 2015.
Tshego also feature’s on Cassper’s Platinum certified sophomore album “Refloe”. “Fomoza”, a cut from “Since 1990”, was licensed for the 2016 movie “Happiness is a Four- Letter Word” starring Khanyi Mbau, Mmabatho Montsho and Renate Stuurman. Another cut from “Since 1990”, “We Okay (In The Dark)”, made it to number 7 and 5, in the Gagasi FM and YFM Top 10 R&B charts.
Apart from Tshego releasing his hit single “Hennessy” featuring Gemini Major and Cassper Nyovest, he is also featured on Nasty C’s critically acclaimed debut album “Bad Hair” on the cut “I Lie”, including Nadia Nakai’s “Sqwaa’. In 2017, Tshego was a featured on 2 songs off of Cassper Nyovest’s critically acclaimed third album,“Thuto”.
Forward to 2019, Tshego prepares to release his debut album, Pink Panther, under Universal Music South Africa. He recently revealed his excitement to start a licence partnership with the major label.
The title track, “No Ties” feat. King Monada, instantly trended in South Africa on its day of release, with fans and industry vets celebrating the return of the Pink Panther.