Kabelo Motsamai, better known as Prince Kaybee, the Free State-born House Music DJ and producer, attracted the spotlight when he released his debut album in October 2015 and has relatively managed to get himself counted among the likes of international DJs within a short period of time.
The Free State music star’s album has officially reached gold status in South Africa.
During the 15th Metro FM Awards, he was the most nominated artist in several categories: Best Newcomer, Best Male Album, Best Dance Album, Song of the Year, Best Produced Album, Best Styled and Artist of the Year.
He won the Best Dance Album. While he scored relative success with “Wajellwa”, his single featuring Shaun Dihoro, it’s “Better Days” that has put him in the spotlight.
Prince Kaybee says he was going through a tough time in his career and felt as if he was not progressing in life when he wrote the song.
“The album is a reflection of my life, I was going through a rough period in my life and prayed for better days, and that’s how the title came about. My music means a lot to me, it’s like adopting a baby whom you can’t live without.”
Having grown up in the rural areas of the Free State, in Senekal and Welkom, and being raised by his grandparents, Prince Kaybee remains humble regardless of being South Africa’s Prince of House music.
“Growing up, I was not connected to music. My love for music only developed at a later stage in my life.”
Prince Kaybee says his music journey started in his 10th Grade, and he has since struggled to find his feet in the music industry.
Considering how competitive the entertainment industry is and the large number of talented producers and DJs there are within the industry, Prince Kaybee says he manages to survive because he knows challenges are meant to strengthen people and are tests that contribute to people’s character.
He urges youngsters who want to enter the music industry to develop character and be spiritually grounded.
“Young people should pursue their dreams and trust in the power of the divine God. Today’s youth are faced with challenges of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and other socio-economic issues that could prevent them from reaching their full potential. They should set goals, focus on their dreams and unveil themselves to the Divine High,” says the Prince.
Being based in Bloemfontein and having achieved to put his name on an international map, the Free State music star says it’s important to remain humble and rooted in who you are.
“I always reflect back at my life, coming from an impoverished background motivates me to work even harder, and through my music, I want to reach the world and motivate people to never give up on their dreams.” – Katleho Morapela