He’s ready. Win or lose, he’s ready.
He isn’t in it for the title. For this contestant, entering Idols SA was for the exposure, experience and “na enjoyment”.
Thapelo Molomo (29) has always been that child that was musically gifted, and his pretend microphone of choice was a teaspoon.
“As child I was always singing. I grew up inspired by the music of Brenda Fassie, Mafikizolo and Malaika. They really were the soundtrack to my childhood.
“I have always been involved in choirs, even conducting my high school choir. So it was no surprise that even though I’m professionally qualified in something else, music is always a part of my journey,” says the Mokopane born artist.
He’s a registered trauma counsellor with the SAPS and his day job has given him a lot of perspective.
“Before coming here, I prepared myself. I knew I had to be in the right frame of mind. As a result, I don’t allow things to get to me. We have seen how over the years there have been contestants who came out of this journey depressed because of negative things that were said about them.
“So, I wanted to make sure that I focus on the music. That’s how I’ve managed, week in and week out, to keep my head down. I listen to what the judges say, implement it and improve the following week.
“The other thing is that I work with people who have real life problems. People who are dealing with suicidal thoughts, trauma and other suffering, so I cannot let silly comments get me down.”
His journey with Idols SA has been great, he says.
“The focus is not the title. This is about exposure and getting in as much experience as I can to take this music thing forward.”
Thapelo wants viewers to see his versatility as an artist and as a performer.
“My favourite performances so far were the showstopper, where I performed a Makhadzi song and the gospel one where I performed a Joyous Celebration song.”
The warrant officer has been with this SAPS since 2018 as an intern and finally last year he was hired permanently.
“I’m really grateful to my employer who has allowed me this time to pursue my dream. I am currently on leave but in the evenings I do take time to have sessions with members (of the SAPS) virtually.”
His day-to-day as a trauma counsellor is to be there when the police officers need to debrief after attending to traumatic scenes. He also helps them deal with mental health matters.
“I was previously in private practice and when I saw the post in the SAPS I applied because I knew there was a real need.”
Given a chance to speak to all young South Africans, Thapelo says he would advise them to not wait for things to happen.
“Go out there,” he says.
“Give things a try, you will never really know how it will turn out until you try. Also, we as young people should not wait for government to help us. We should all be pushing, in our little corners, to build better futures for ourselves.”
He has made it to the top 2 with Nozi, after Mpilo was eliminated from the show.
Alongside the Idols SA season 18 crown, next week the winner will walk away with an impressive prize haul: just over R1-million cash, made up of R350,000 in a Standard Bank MyMo account (sponsored by Old Mutual), R300,000 from Spotify and R350,000 from Mzansi Magic; access to a Standard Bank wealth manager; a Toyota Starlet; a fashion voucher from Truworths and their live show outfits, all to the value of R100,000; R85,000 worth of musical equipment from Yamaha; and a recording contract with Kalawa Jazmee Records.
This content was originally published here.