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How many of us have creative careers born out of maturity from surviving a freak motor car accident? I suspect not many, yet that’s precisely the reality of the 19 years old The Real Madesh’s, born Karabo Malake, career to the Mapiano musical sensation she has become today.
While still on level three lockdown last month, during July 2020 she dropped yet another sensational soulful mapiano single called Lalela with Luciano Records, which has been receiving much airplay from Jozi FM. It has made it to their playlist, and other community radio stations such as Sedibeng Stereo, Mass Movement, an online radio by DJ Sbu, BMH College Campus Radio, Pheli FM in Pretoria and Alex FM around Gauteng for the enjoyment of her growing fan base and music lovers at large.
Previously ‘The Real Madesh’ had released various singles featuring various DJs such as Isqwakaqwaka, Mahelela, Sisiwebandla including Sdudla featuring DJ Active.
According to The Real Madesh, her flourishing career started as an extention of an exercise of a cathartic writer recovering from a depression she experienced at age 14 after surviving a gruesome accident that had left her severely injured and temporarily paralyzed. She had been hit by a motor-car in her neighborhood of Evaton, in the Vaal whilst allegedly saving a friend she was travelling with from the same vehicle that hit her. Fortunately, the friend managed to get saved but she subsequently had to survive and recover from the hit injuries including temporal paralysis.
Presently, seven years later having recovered well with most of her scars barely visible, and being mobile and able to drive her own flashy car. She mentions that she bought her set of wheels cash from her work savings. Over time her parents enabled her to save herself money through their catering business until her maturity. Instead of taking wages and use them she’d ask them to save some until they had accumulated to afford to purchase her desired motor car.
According to ‘The Real Madesh’ the accident catapulted her to instant maturity where she’s constantly aware that life’s precious and too short to waste. A sentiment that influenced her music genre to Soulful Mapiano rather than upbeat Mapiano. The former is more storytelling than repetitive since she likes writing and performing music with constructive messages to her peers and fan base whilst also projecting those values in her own real life.
She completed her technical matric with Sedibeng TVET college and pursued business administration studies to aid her in better understanding and managing the business side of her music career, displaying leadership qualities amongst her peers. She intends to pursue study law studies post her graduation in extending her legalese acquaintance in the music industry.
The Real Madesh with her single Labels featured in a virtual show on Alex FM theme against women abuse and GBV-gender based violence during women’s day celebrations on Sunday 9th August 2020.
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