If gospel music is your calling, then nothing will come in between to prevent that from happening, not even financial problems. This is how the six-time nominee and award-winning Sarah Maboa, managed to move forward and complete two albums without looking back.
Born in Pankop Mpumalanga, Sarah Maboa is the first daughter of Johanna Khoza and the late David khoza. Along with her two siblings, Maboa was raised at Lefatlheng in Hammanskraal, and that’s where the beginning of her unforeseen future as a gospel musician came to light. At the age of 12, that’s when Maboa started with her singing.
Growing up in the church environment, she began singing with the church choir but later went solo until she released her first album in 2010. She says her mother laughed at the time when she proposed the idea of releasing her own album, as she was married to Patrick Maboa and had five children with him. Due to life circumstances, unfortunately she and her husband lost one of their children, leaving them with four.
Maboa’s motivation in music, comes from the late Selinah Matlakala Ramathoka, as she sang most Ramathoka’s songs during her first time in the industry. As time went on, Maboa started arranging her own songs, she used on her first album titled ‘Ke butse pelo yaka’, with the help of Willy Phalatse at Prince Will Music Production. With the support her family showed in buying her music, she saw the possibility of a second album which she later released. It was titled ‘Mphe matla’ and recorded by Edward Khoza at Mula Records.
Every artist works with background singers and a great team. Lucky for Maboa, she worked with Dikeledi Maboa, Maria Tabane, Pontsho Khoza, Tebogo Maboa, Tebogo Tabane and her husband who supported her financially throughout both albums. The strong bond she and her team has, made everything easy for her, as the team is understanding of the financial strain for the group.
Nominated 6 times, the gospel singer has secured multiple awards and they are as follows: SACRA Award as Best Female Artist, Amahubo Music Awards as Best Upcoming Artist and Best Traditional Gospel, Pheli2020 Awards for Best New Artist. She still awaits her trophy for the Pheli2020 Awards and the results for her MAMA Award and Dibela Pitseng Music awards nomination.
Maboa has like many artists, experienced trials to triumph. She has performed at events but did not receive payment but says at most time she does it from the liking of her heart to just entertain without any payment expectations. She has not allowed the setback to derail her into giving up music.
Apart from music, Maboa is in business too. She runs a Spaza Shop, sells chickens and works in agriculture. She has a company called ‘Mo-Kaba Production, along with projects that help in charity events. The company facilitates donations to renovate and assist facilities. She has donated paints to a Primary School called Madiboane in Seabe, with the help of Carousel and also donated few items to Old Age homes, disability centres and Orphanages in Hammanskraal, at Marokolong.
With her donation projects, Maboa got exposure from Dumisa TV, with the program called ‘Meletlo’. She extends her gratitude to her partners Oupa Legodi and Evelyn Tau who helped in making their events successful. Covid-19 has affected her music journey financially as she couldn’t promote her music in public or host events. But she sees hope that one day everything will go back to normal and they can go back and make more music.
Maboa has a single track that can be downloaded online, titled ‘Mphe Matla’ by Sarah Maboa. She is still busy with more music to be released online and a music video. Currently, she’s working on a single with Khubi’s Music Production together with Petrus August Makhubela, known as Ladoza.
Anyone who would like to reach her and get hold of her music, they can contact Sarah Maboa on Facebook, WhatsApp 0736452475