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MusicExchange: Phelo Bala

MusicExchange: Phelo Bala

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 his unique musical gift from his beloved mother and brothers Zwai and Loyiso (of TKZee fame). It is with them that Phelo would eventually form the globally acclaimed group, the Bala Brothers, when he was only 14 years old.
#MusicExchange: Phelo Bala

He has just released his debut afro soul album called, Ndimlo and with international jazz day this weekend, on 30 April, we chatted to Phelo about his music, his heroes and what he’s all about.

BizcommunityWhat does music mean to you?

It is my oxygen. I cannot live without it.

BizcommunityAny funny moments on stage?

Whenever I’ve learnt a new song and couldn’t remember my lyrics on stage.

BizcommunityYour heroes?

Steve Biko.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you admire most and why?

My mother. She’s never forgotten me. She’s forever praying for me.

BizcommunityWhat is your most treasured possession?

My phone. (Hides)

BizcommunityIt’s your round what are you drinking?


BizcommunityThe song you wished you wrote?

Anything, by Michael Jackson.

BizcommunityDream gig to do?

A tribute performance at the Grammy awards.

BizcommunityWhat makes you stand out?

The way I think.


Pheloza, Spoks, Phelz, Pheja.

BizcommunityIf you were not a musician what would you do?

I’d be a teacher.

BizcommunityPick five words to describe yourself?

Crazy, sensitive, funny, smart, ambitious.

#MusicExchange: Phelo Bala
BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

Richard Smallwood – Total Praise.

BizcommunityYour favourite fashion garment?


BizcommunityGive us some real proper slang and tell us what it means.

Ziyakhiptha – It’s happening

BizcommunityTop of your bucket list?

A SAMA award. (Giggles)

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement?

Being able to tour the world.

BizcommunityWhat do you complain about the most?

Keeping time.

BizcommunityWhat is your biggest fear?

Panic attacks.

BizcommunityOn stage I tend to?

Lose myself.

BizcommunityIf you are walking on stage for a keynote speech, what song would you use and why?

Ingxaki by myself. It’s an inspirational song with a movie/theatrical feel.

BizcommunityThe best life lesson you have been taught?

It’s never too late.

BizcommunityWhere would you like to be right now?

In some music studio in New York or somewhere writing music.


Phelo Bala’s Facebook
Boom Studios website
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