Michael, we know that you are one of the people who posted a video on the #UnseenSingers hashtag on Twitter created by #TweetGuru…tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Michael Matebe and I was born and bred in Port Elizabeth. I was raised in a Christian family by both parents and I only have one sibling.
What inspired you to start what you are doing?
A song I heard on radio back in 2005 inspired me. The name of the song is “Let Me Love You” by Mario. There was an upcoming wedding in my congregation at the time, which I volunteered to sing at, and I haven’t stopped singing ever since.
What projects you are currently working on? Which project are you going to release in the coming days?
It’s been very hard at work in the studio with an Electro – Pop DJ who discovered me on social media and proposed that we work together. No release dates have been confirmed yet but by the second half of the year, we’ll definitely put out a body of work. Aside from that, I have a live performance coming up on March 21 in East London.
Which celebrities do you believe are most influential?
I think Bonang & AKA are the most influential, whatever they do, people want to know. I happen to be one of those people who want to be kept in the loop with what’s happening with those two.
What do you spend the most money on: Clothes, gadgets, accessories or anything else?
As much as I love sunglasses, I’d say I spend the most money on clothes. I believe that your look is your passport to the world so I take pride in what I wear.
Are you a bathroom singer?
Oh yes… Hahaha!
Whom do you love the most between your parents, friends, siblings and yourself?
I love Jehovah, my family and myself.
What do you do when you are not working?
I didn’t even know that #UnseenSingers was a competition, if that’s the case then I hope I win, because I put a lot of effort into my videos. I made sure I slay my vocals as well.
Where do you think you will be after 20 years?
I see myself having a family of my own, and a number of music awards. I hope that I win a Grammy Award too!
Do you have any motivational message you want to pass to unearthing artists or someone interested in becoming an artist?
My message to other #UnseenSingers like myself is that your talent is your one ticket to greater things in life. Go out there and knock on doors until someone opens. Utilize social media platforms as an outlet to showcase what you got and don’t you dare give up.
How do people get in touch with you?
For bookings my email address: [email protected]
Twitter : MichaelMusicSA
Instagram : michaelmatebe
Facebook : Michael Matebe
Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.