Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Entertainment

Dream Voice

Dream Voice
YOUNG TALENT: Thuto Rantao

A star on the rise

This Saturday, 23-year-old Thuto Rantao sang her way into the hearts of the nation to clinch the 2021 My African Dream (M.A.D) crown.

Having hypnotized the judges and public alike with her pitch-perfect voice and on-stage energy (her stunning good looks didn’t hurt either!), Thuto’s dream is just beginning as she sets her sights on a career in music.

The daughter of Women of Jazz, Kearoma Rantao – indeed her superstar mother was her backup vocalist at the grand finale in Gaborone – Thuto has greatness in her blood.

Dream Voice

DREAMY VOICE: Thuto Rantao on stage

While her rise to stardom was seemingly inevitable it was certainly spectacular!

Fresh from her stunning victory, the petite singer visited The Voice’s headquarters this week where she sat down with SHARON MAHALA to reminisce over a M.A.D few days.

Before we get into it, I noticed you did not show any emotion when you were announced as the winner – why was that?

To be honest I did not know what was going on! I guess I could not believe it when my name was called.

I looked at the videos the following morning and I understand why this question cropped up.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

But nonetheless, I am very grateful for the win and the support.

Makes sense. So for those who don’t know you, how would you introduce yourself?

Well, now I would start my interactions as a M.A.D winner!

But besides that, I am a 23-year-old girl from Ramotswa, raised by my grandmother.

I dropped out of school at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) because the course wasn’t doing it for me.

I am a waitress at an upmarket restaurant called Main Deck and I am a singer.

You dropped out of school?

Well yes, I was studying Fashion Design and it was not what I wanted to do.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

I actually want to study Real Estate.

Real Estate and music, two extremely time-consuming, demanding professions don’t you think?

Well yes but if I was to choose right now, at this very moment I would go for music.

That is where my heart is at the moment.

Growing up in the shadow of a superstar mother, would you say that made things easier or more difficult for you?

If you’re talking in reference to this competition well it was not easy.

She was pushing me a little too hard!

We fought a lot, so much so that at times I wanted to give up.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

But to be honest I would not have made it this far if it was not for my mother’s support.

But this is not her time it’s mine right? (laughs)

It is indeed! So there were times you wanted to give up?

Yes.

There was just too much pressure.

Plus my mother’s associate was one of the judges and I would get comments early on in the competition that I was going to be favored because of that.

It really demoralized me at one point.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Thank goodness you persevered! So how did you eventually audition for M.A.D?

Actually, I joined the auditions on the very last day.

My mother had heard about the competition and literally instructed me to send her a short video of me singing and she submitted it for me and I made the cut.

What would you say set you apart from the rest of the contestants?

Umm!

I would say my voice.

My voice is what got me this far.

The journey was not an easy one.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The competition was really tough from the onset.

There were really talented contestants this year.

Have you always been into singing?

No.

I would not say so; it is something I picked up very late in my life.

But I have always loved music.

What are some of the judges’ comments that will live with you forever?

The good or the bad ones?

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Let’s go with both…

Well, I was always told to hold my mic properly, especially when I hit the high notes.

And the other was they always told me to be comfortable with the stage and relax.

I noticed your song choices throughout the competition was a little unusual. What inspired such selections?

Most, if not all the songs I performed, I can relate with them.

If you noticed all the songs had a deep message behind them and it could be something I have personally gone through or what people around me have been through.

I have had people ask me to do others songs, maybe dance songs and stuff, but that is just not me, hence why I stuck to those types of songs.

And your choice for the grand finale, Sia’s ‘Angel by the Wings?’

Well, Sia is my all-time favourite artist.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Plus there is one line in the song that I hold dear and which gave me strength throughout the competition, which is “you can do anything”.

Apart from a slightly pushy mum, what challenges did you encounter in the competition?

(Laughs) I wouldn’t want to say, but it would have to be time management.

I don’t like people who are late.

It just disorientates me.

Tell me about your prizes.

Well, I won P30, 000 in cash on the night but I have also been told I will get other prizes worth P100, 000.

What are you going to do with the money?

I am not sure yet but I will most likely invest the money.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Wise decision! So, who was the first person you called after winning?

(Laughs) A friend and my grandmother.

And what is next for you?

Well, now I am going to start taking this music thing very seriously.

I am going to be spending a lot of time in the studio.

I have a project coming up with DJ Kuchi so I will be focusing more on that.

Do you plan to release an album?

Yes, I will be releasing new songs soon, hopefully, a full album will be ready before the end of the year.

When you’re not wowing the nation with your voice, what do you get up to in your spare time?

I am a make-up artist.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

I do make-up.

My friend and I have a little business going on.

Do you consider yourself a celebrity now?

No.

I am not yet there.

I will get there though!

Which local artist would you like to work with?

Sal Angel [former Ice Cold Mob member].

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

I think he is really dope so I would love to work with him.

TGIF, where will you be spending your Friday?

I will be out celebrating with friends, either over a braai or at a restaurant.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Bennita Zulu

    May 18, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Good day! I am a young woman currently at the age of 13 and I have been singing from a very young age (3). Not only am i a good singer, i am a good dancer as well. I come from Botswana and I stay in Maun. I would very much like to work with this program and I hope for the best
    results

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

*76 year old man says his 71 year old wife cannot be trusted *Questions surround their marriage under Community of Property

News

Family fallout over land sold to bury father When Maun-based businessman, Balothanye Pelaelo died from Covid-19 complications on 9 August last year, he left...

News

A Headman of Records at Mokgenene village is accused of indecently assaulting his girlfriend by tearing off her undergarment in the presence of the...

News

Court frees defilement convict who did not know the girl’s age It cannot be defilement if you did not know age’- High Court Five...

News

Maun businessman, Daniel Pretorious of Beef Boys Meat Market, last week appeared in court suspected of buying stolen cattle. Testifying in court on Tuesday,...

News

*How Covid-19 widows found healing in collective grief *Support group transforms sorrow into solidarity Since the advent of the pandemic, 2 534 deaths have...

News

Molepolole Police are investigating a rape case in which a man allegedly raped a mentally disturbed man at Palamaokue ward in Lentsweletau village. Confirming...

News

Police in Thamaga are worried by the increasing cases of fraudsters and swindlers impersonating public servants. According  to Deputy Station Commander, Busang  Malope, they ...

News

A 30-year-old Tonota man looking for a donkey has made an ass out of himself after allegedly threatening to kill his mother when she...

News

Minister Mokgethi breaks the silence Last year, the Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Annah Mokgethi, made news headlines for failing to account...

News

GBV and divorce discussed in detail to find old solution to new problem Although the idea of an annual ‘Men’s Conference’ is widely seen...

News

Family of drowned Moshupa children dismiss talk of the supernatural With widespread speculation of the supernatural doing the rounds in Moshupa, rumours pounced upon...

Business

Sourcing epic content for UPICtv This week’s Boss is Mahatma Ramoloko, a Content Sourcing Specialist at UPICtv, an online video service established in October...

Politics

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR AREA SO FAR? Two years and two months after the general elections, some Members of Parliament, especially...

News

Competition Authority approves partial BCL acquisition The Competition and Consumer Authority (CCA) this week unconditionally approved the acquisition of certain assets belonging to BCL...

News

*Husband paid outstanding P8.05 loan clearance to get Tittle Deed *Wife says she didn’t keep receipts during 40 year marriage

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.