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Victor Kgantlape

2016 Selected Artist
Free State
Kabelo Victor Kgantlape was born on the 3rd of January 1984 in Welkom, Free State, is a South Africa musician, was exposed to the piano at an early age of 9-10 and started playing Gospel music at church. He is however, better known to the public at large as a Jazz, R&B and a Neo-
Soul musician. Though born in Welkom, Victor, was however raised in Bloemfontein, Free State,
South Africa and attended Ikaelelo High School, due to the hectic music career which
was already taking off, he immediately pursued a career as a musician upon completion of
school. In 1998, he started out playing straight-ahead instrumental jazz as a session pianist
with several groups like Thami Radibuseng and the three days band and several
other local groups. In the year 2000, he joined Dillo band under the guidance of the
late guitarist Adolph (Bobby) Letsielo Motopi.

In 2011, Goodfingers produced an album for the renowned local gospel sensation
Danielle Stilo and it is this union that introduced him to Chris Powell of Columbus, Ohio in United
States (USA). After having heard a number of singles from the internet via the You tube side,
Chris then became interested in doing work with the duo, this resulted in a song
FREEDOM (a song inspired and recorded for Nelson Mandela) which was recorded partly in
Chris's studio in the USA and Goodfingers Records studios for the S.T.A.R.S worldwide which is a
collaboration for the youth across the globe. Other work includes creating jingles for radio
stations like LESEDI FM and PHALAPHALA FM.

Victor was recently invited to play the Joy of Jazz event which was held at Moods and Flavours,
for the Jazz appreciation clubs and societies by Peter Tladi. A highlight of his live performances
as a solo artist was when he was invited to open the stage at the Macufe Indoor Jazz festival
2013, where Judith Sephuma, Anthony Hamilton (Orlando FL, USA) and Hugh Masekela were
also performing, also on the Jazz night show which was held at the Bloemfontein civic theatre
during December 2013 which again saw Victor sharing the stage with Ronny Jordan (London,
Britain) and the Oliver Mtukudzi. This year again during Macufe festival, Victor got to share the
stage with Dave Kotz from USA, Kunle and Sierra Mastra from Australia.