Phelo Bala

Genre: Afro – Soul /Jazz/Pop
Born: March 24th
Star sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cape Town
Home town: Uitenhage

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Ang’sakwazi
  1. 1. Ang’sakwazi
  2. 2. Babizeni Bonke
  3. 3. Ingxaki
  4. 4. Khulula Intliziyo
  5. 5. Ndim’lo
  6. 6. Lento Uyenza Kum
  7. 7. Ngimtholile
  8. 8. Ndizom’mela
  9. 9. Qhubeka Phambili
  10. 10. Wandi Thanda

Biography

Like many great singers, Phelo Bala started singing in his church choir at an early age, and it was immediately clear that he’d inherited the unique musical gift from his beloved mother, and brothers Zwai and Loyiso, with whom Phelo would eventually form the globally acclaimed Bala Brothers, when he was only 14 years old.

Following in his brothers’ footsteps, Phelo joined the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in KwaZulu-Natal, where he rose to become deputy head boy and head of the choir.

After completing his studies at Drakensberg Boys, Phelo started his professional career with the release of the first Bala Brothers CD in 2006.

The success of the Bala Brothers saw Phelo performing on stages all over the world, including England, Scotland, Japan, Australia and, of course, all over Southern Africa, as both a soloist and as part of the ensemble.

In 2011 Phelo joined the highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning Joyous Celebration group, which also launched his song writing career.

Highlights

Performing for Nelson Mandela and a host of other dignitaries and celebrities, including John Legend, Kenny Lattimore, Kirk Franklin, Samuel L Jackson, Thabo Mbeki, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as sharing the stage with Lira, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sibongile Khumalo, Soweto Gospel Choir, TKZee and, of course, his brothers Zwai and Loyiso and Joyous Celebraton.

Influences

Simphiwe Dana, John Legend, Donny Hathaway, Amy Winehouse, Victor Ntoni, Daryl Coley, Thandiswa Mazwai, Oletta Adams, Caiphus Semenya and Smokie Norful.

The dream

My dream is to establish myself as a music industry executive and producer, while continuing to grow as a performer and composer.

Breakthrough moment

Finally recording my solo album after years of collaborations.