Superstar in the making: THOLWANA

Tholwana Mohale is a Grade 11 learner from Steinkopf, a small town in the Northern Cape. She was born into a family of five and her mom is a single parent. She started singing back in 2011, when her school offered guitar classes and she’s fallen in love with the craft ever since.

2014 was a breakthrough year for the young talent. She entered eTV’s SA’s Got Talent and was a clear frontrunner and fan favourite to win the competition right on the offset. Her performances left the crowds on their feet, but most notably so during the finals, where her rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” resulted in a standing ovation. That night, she was crowned as the overall winner, taking home a cash prize and a recording contract with Sony Music Africa.

Last year was a busy one for the 16-year-old, who relocated to Johannesburg to continue her schooling and start writing and recording music for her debut album. Tholwana is currently a drama major at the NSA and while music is her primary focus, she also has future aspirations in the acting field. “Hollywood Guy”, her debut single, was released early in September last year. The track received national rotation on radio and has over 15 000 listens online on her VEVO channel.

“Playing On My Mind” serves as the first taste of new music from her forthcoming studio album, due out early in 2017. The track was written by Tholwana and produced by FutureKings (Ross Jack & Alex Parker) and was released wide to radio early July.