Kamo Mphela is a 31-year-old South African dancer, singer, and internet figure who has been caught in the media searchlight in recent times. The agile, multi-talented, and inspiring dancer swayed her way to fame after posting a thrilling and rare dance video on Instagram which instantly went viral, turning her into the online personality and celebrity she is known to be today.
In 2019, Kamo showed her multi versatility when she released a debut EP titled Twentee, under the label Major League DJz Music, which she is currently signed to. Her second EP was released in 2021. It appears she is taking the music industry by storm and more is expected from the talented woman in the future.
Kamo Mphele’s Childhood Experiences Shaped Her Future Career Path
A dancing sensation, Kamo Mphela was born in 1990 in Durban, South Africa, where she spent her childhood. She celebrates her birthday every 29th November. Kamo attended the Boston Media House majoring in Media Studies. Her childhood played a crucial role in shaping the career path she later chose in life. She had always loved dancing and singing right from when she was a child and began performing on stage as early as age 4.
This was only made possible because her father is into entertainment and working in a youth radio station at the time, he gave her all the support she needed. Knowing the great potentials his daughter possessed and the vast opportunities in the industry, he encouraged his little talent-filled daughter to pursue her passion for entertainment, particularly dancing and singing and he was able to expose her to the first-hand experience in entertainment by carrying her along to some live performances and events, where Kami would often take to the stage to display her dancing skills, despite her age at the time.
Obviously, this early childhood exposure became the cradle where she started building her dancing and music career from. She has since become resilient in building her dancing steps and choreography all through her childhood down into her early teens.
Kamo Mphela Was Only 19 Years Old When Fame Came Knocking
She came to fame after posting a video of her exceptional and highly entertaining dance steps on Instagram which did not only amaze her growing followers but also turned her into an internet celebrity as the video trended so much that she became a popular name. In a snap of the finger, Kamo came to the limelight and became widely known within South Africa and across Africa as a whole.
She Officially Launched Her Music Career At The Age Of 20
Having dominated the dancing landscape, Kamo decided to switch to music, not just to further grow her popularity but to also live her dreams. Her music career kicked off in 2019 after she turned 20. She signed a musical deal with the South African record label known as Major League DJz Music. With the help of this record label, she successfully released her first EP titled, Twentee which gained acceptance and began trending quickly. She later dropped other single tracks, including Menemene and & Suka Emabozen.
Although Kamo Mphela could be described as an upcoming artist, the Queen of Amapiano as she is popularly called has so far been able to drop quite a number of tracks, collaborating with key South African music icons. Notable among her collaborations is the feature in the MFR Soulz single Amanikiniki which was a massive hit song that has gone down so well with fans that it rose to the No.1 spot on the House Music Top 10 Chart on Good Hope FM. Other artists she collaborated with include Busiswa, Nadia Nakai, Killer Kau, Dj Maphorisa DJ Stylagang, Cassper Nyovest, and a host of others across Africa. She has had collaborations with popular Nigerian music sensation like Falz and Niniola, featuring in Squander Remix.
Additionally, Kamo’s growing fans cheeringly received the news of the release of her long-anticipated second EP titled, Nkulunkulu in 2021. The EP recorded a huge success just as some of the tracks like Nkulunkulu went viral in no time, raking in over a million views on YouTube within a fortnight.
Here is a list of her most popular songs:
- Twentee EP – 2019
- Suka Emabozeni – 2019
- Punisher Ft. Focalistic – 2019
- Menemene 2019
- Lebanta ft. Killer Kau- 2019
- Amateki – 2020
- Amika Major League Djz, Abidoza Ft. Bontle Smith & Lihle Bliss – 2020
- Amanikiniki (Unlimited Soul Remix) MFR Souls & Bontle Smith –2020
- Busiswa Sbwl Ft. Kamo Mphela – 2020
- Amanikiniki – 2020
Some tracks from her second and most recent EP Nkulunkulu (2021) are also making waves. She has equally featured in some 2021 songs that are currently making weaves around Africa. Some of the songs include.
- Slender Vigro Deep Ft. Focalistic, Kamo Mphela & Rams The Violinist
- Squander (Remix) Falz – Ft. Niniola, Kamo Mphela, Mpura & Say far 2021
- 100 Shooter Ft. Reece Madlisa, Zuma, MFR Souls, Major League
Luu Dadeejay 2021
She Had Also Tried Her Hands On Acting
Kamo was able to use her online popularity to her advantage, harnessing it to promote her dancing and singing career offline. Being the multi-talented entertainer that she is, Kamo also ventured into acting which saw her land a role as an extra on the popular TV show Isibaya but her acting adventure was short-lived as she soon realized that her major passion is for dancing and music, thus, she decided to rather focus on them and she as done so well for herself as a dancer/singer.
How She Got The Name Queen Of Amapiano
Interestingly, Kamo Mphela got the Queen Of Amapiano moniker due to her love for the Amapiano (a style of house music that emerged in South Africa in 2012) music. Her dancing career got her appearing in popular Amapiano songs, including Sukendleleni and Labantwana Ama Uber. Other than Amapiano, Kamo has also fared well dancing to several other South African styles of music genres like Gqom, kwaito, as well as pantsula.
What’s more, this acclaimed Queen of Amapiano has risen to fame not only for her remarkable dancing skills but also for her musical career, which has further grown her popularity extensively.
All things being said, it safe to say that Kamo Mphela’s life and career have remained an inspiration to many young talented people out there. Without any doubt, she has proven that with persistence, hard work, and courage, anyone who is determined can equally rise to stardom. All you need to do is hold on to the passion burning inside of you and leave the rest to providence.