Sunday 25th April was the grand finale of My African Dream Botswana 2021 and the day that 23-year-old Thuto Rantao was announced as this year’s winner.
“I didn’t even know about the competition. It was my mum who sent me the flier for the competition on WhatsApp,” says Thuto.
She continues, “It was merely hours before the competition deadline. I didn’t want to enter any more competitions after my previous failures but, my mum encouraged me to try one more time.”
Thuto posted her video at the very last minute, at her mother’s persuasion and months down the line, she won the My African Dream Botswana 2021 competition.
“It was very hard work. The other competitors were great singers. I had to practice alone as well. It definitely wasn’t a walk in the park.” She remarked.
The talent search is a long-running singing competition that began with singing and dancing almost a decade ago but this year, it was open for singers only. The 2021 My African Dream Botswana episode 1 aired on Botswana Television (BTV) on the 28th of February 2021 at 18:00hrs. Hosted by Botswana’s media personality Peelo, its judges are veteran radio guru Dollar Mac, award-winning Jazz sensation Nnunu Ramogotsi Neill and award-winning producer and muso Bangu.
The rising star sends her gratitude to the people who supported her, “I really appreciate everyone’s support. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. God bless you all. I wish you blessings upon blessings.”
Thuto, a make-up artist concludes with her future musical plans, “Well, I want to focus on music, release singles, albums and do collaborations. I’m already busy currently working on a few songs with Dj Kuchi. Then we’ll see from there”
The songbird was born and bred in Ramotswa with music in her blood as she is the daughter of Botswana Jazz queen, Kearoma Rantao and niece of Motswako star Touch Motswako.
Proud mum, Kearoma Rantao says, “I am very, very proud of her and I am glad she listens and has the heart for this. She did very well.”
Kearoma has been a pillar of strength to Thuto during her journey and she leaves a message of paramount importance to fellow parents of aspiring singers, “Support your children, don’t leave them alone when they are not ready. Make sure you are there to guide and understand what they want. The music business can be tricky. Don’t be far away.”
Words of congratulations are still flooding in from as far as the South African Limpopo Province, “Wow congrats really, indeed this is good. Africa should grow higher and higher and we should be proud of who we are Africans and love each other more,” says Alfred Chuene aka Jazzman, South African radio personality at Musina FM.