Vita

Milestones of Thabang Mokoena’s vita

  • 1985 born in Ratanda/Gauteng (South Africa)
  • 1992 (aged seven) first musical experiences as lead and solo singer during masses in Ratanda Zion Church
  • 1996 (aged eleven) foundation of his first choir at Qhaqholla Primary Scholl in Ratanda

  • 1999 (aged fourteen) partnership with Sifo Ngwepe who brought choir singing to Ratanda. Together they established  Junior Good Happiness Male Voice
  • 2005 (aged 20) co-founder of Lesedi Show Choir
  • 2007 to date teaching African music and dance in Germany and performing as guest-conductor with the German Moko Choirs of Eva Buckman
  • 2008 and 2010 workshops and joint concerts of Lesedi Show Choir and the Moko Choirs in South Africa and Germany
  • 2008 to date teaching South African music and dance at home and in various African countries, notably in Ghana, workshops with Winneba Youth Choir and Tema Youth Choir
  • 2011/12 teaching South African music and dance in Kenya, workshops for Kenyan Boys Choir (this choir performed at the first inauguration of President Obama)
  • 2013 participation in the Pan-African musical project Umoya Munye, concert tour through Southern Germany and participation at the International Choral Festival in Oetigheim (Baden/Germany)
  • 2013 teaching South African music and dance in Ghana, workshops for Akoo Show Choir. With their repertoire largely inspired by Mokoena’s workshops,  Akoo Show Choir won a nation-wide television contest in February 2014.
  • 2014 joint workshops and concerts in South Africa of local pupils and members of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra from Heidelberg/Germany
  • 2014 guest conductor and solo singer at the concert tour of the Moko Choirs in Germany
  • 2014 workshops for the German Moko Choirs in Italy and Romania, guest-conductor at a concert in Timişoara
  • 2014 (up-coming) concert tour with Umoya Munye – the Pan-African music project – through Germany and Switzerland
  • 2015  Bokamoso art centre  was established 
  • 2016  Simunye Quartet project in Europe