Monday, September 21, 2020

Motswana lad turns pride of Drankensberg Boys Choir

When Daniel Masita entered for the My African Dream talent search competition, all the 11-year-old could think of was winning and though he did not make the winner, the young lad made a good impression, making it to the Top 5.

His talent did not go unnoticed though, as in 2008 he was urged by fans and well wishers, amongst them Mma Ross of Maitisong, to audition for the World renowned exclusive Drankensberg Boys Choir School.

He was picked and 2009 saw Daniel off to attend the only Choir school in Africa, situated nearly 1000km from Gaborone across the border in the heart of the Drakensberg in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.

Born on July 17,1995 in Ramotswa to banker mom Lesego Masita and self employed father, Kgosi Masita, and being the last born in a family of two boys, Daniel says he realised his passion for music at the tender age of 5 years.

“Growing up in a religious family, I used to enjoy watching gospel music videos and knew that one day I’ll become a musician,” says the 14-year-old who also wants to study Business Management and enjoys soccer, cricket, rugby and swimming.
He also enjoys computer studies and playing the piano.

Daniel sat for his Primary School Leaving Exams in 2008 at Lethlabile Primary School. He passed with flying colours.

In January 2009, Daniel left to start classes as a grade 8, local equivalent of a form 1 student, at his new college, which didn’t come cheap.

“When Daniel was admitted to Drakensberg Boys Choir School, we approached government for sponsorship but was turned down as they told us they only sponsor for tertiary education, but we feel it’s worth every cent of the over R80 000 a year we pay for our sons school fees, which include boarding facilities,” says his mom.

She says since her son went to DBC school, he has matured a lot; he cleans his room by himself and maintains routine even his teachers speak very highly of him. Every time we call or visit, they tell how he catches up very fast, is very hardworking and sometimes even gets tasked with duties for prefects.”

His elder brother, Aetlile, also speaks highly of his sibling.
“I spend a lot of time with him; he does not like failure and always tries till he gets what he wants.”

Though he had difficulties adapting, Daniel says he is now enjoying every minute of it and his Afrikaans and Zulu are improving every day.

Daniel was part of the Drakensberg Boys Choir that toured Botswana and performed alongside some local schools and put up an evening show at Maitisong where the choir, once again, captivated the audience with a unique, diverse and brilliant performance.

Daniel says he feels very proud to have performed on home soil.
“We recently toured Zimbabwe as well,” he said.

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