Musician and entrepreneur Boitumelo Chantell Mochoana (20) from Garankuwa, Pretoria, will not let her past define who she is and who she will become. She had a rough childhood but music and church were the two places she knew she will always find comfort in.
Boitumelo was raised by her aunt who passed on in 2014. Boitumelo’s aunt believed in her and knew that she would one day become a successful musician but growing up at her aunt’s house was not all sunshine because she also experienced some abuse and treated unfairly at the hands of her aunt’s child who stayed with them in the house which helped strengthen her to the person she is today.
“My aunt’s first son used to abuse me emotionally and sometimes physically to a point where I lost my self-esteem when I was still in school,” Boitumelo explained.
The situation forced Boitumelo to stand up and start doing things on her own. She became responsible for herself at an early age and she did almost everything for herself including making money so she could take care of herself. Boitumelo says that she would do people’s hair and get money from that so that she could buy whatever she needed just so people could not see her struggles.
Beyond that Boitumelo is a very ambitious lady who is a song-writer, a composer and a pianist as well. She is a god-fearing, loving, funny and focused young lady. She says she likes surrounding herself with people who will have a positive impact on her and over and above she loves music and is working on making a career out of it.
“I am a hairstylist as well but most of my time I am in the music field, so I could say I do singing full time,” she added.
Boitumelo is one of the soloist who will be performing at the Tshwane Gospel Music Fraternal, an initiative that brings artists from all over Tshwane to perform on one stage. She will be performing there this coming Saturday. She is also part of the State Theatre Youth Choir.
Boitumelo is currently working on her solo projects that she hopes will be realised soon. She is an event’s planner and will host shows and events this year. She will also be part of Bheki Mkhatshwa’s project on the 5th August 2017.
“In the future I don’t want to find myself as only a vocalist but I want to be a brand. I want to become a vocal trainer, producer, manager and more not only in South Africa but internationally as well,” she said.
Boitumelo would love to open up her own salon that will include hair, nails, make up and event’s planning. She also would love to have her own NGO that will groom girls in schools to become better women and follow their dreams no matter the circumstances. She plans on writing a novel on her life and the things she has faced growing up.
As a musician she would love the opportunity to work with Marvin Sapp who is an international gospel singer and locally she would love to work with Mahalia Buchanan and Ntokozo Mbambo who inspires her a lot.
To connect and interact with Boitumelo, you can find her on Facebook at: Boitumelo Chantell Mochoana.