Name of the Band: ATiiKA
No of Members: 3
List of Instruments/Vocalists: We use backtracks.
Country of Origin: South Africa
Current Location: Pretoria; South Africa
Genre: classical crossover
ATIIKA is a South African based music group specialising in classical music, funk and popular music with a line up consisting of Amogelang Lebethe, Tiisetso Mokoena and Kabelo Lethoba. The group was formed in April 2015 after the three musicians were approached by the Greece based entertainment company Med Ents Limitedto take part in a variety of performances as a tribute to music icons Il Divo for the 2015 summer season, performing at five star hotels and golf courses around the islands of Crete, Rhodes and Kos.The group was so well received overseas that they started getting multiple offers to do additional performances for other companies and private functions in the island. This is when they started to truly see the potential of their music as a way to communicate with the world and inspire the youth to take ownership of their talents.
Passionate, honest, genuine and heart-warming…are some of the words used to describe Amogelang Lebethe’s very memorable performances.
Having graduated Cum Laude for both his National Diploma and B Tech at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Vocal Art Department, under the tutelage of Mr Thami Zungu and Mr Pierre du Toit, Amo has a vast knowledge and experience of on stage performance.
Title roles done with TUT include: Tamino (Die Zauberflote, Mozart); Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart); The Tenor in Mozart Requiem.
Furthermore Amo has a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Cape Town, opera school at the South African College of Music.
There he did a number of concerts, German lieder and artsong recitals, under the tutelage of Mr Sidwill Haartman and guidance from Mr Kamal Khan.
Title roles there include: L’Aumonier (Le Dialogues de Carmelites, Poulenc) and Mr Owen (Postcard from Morocco, Argento) with Cape Town Opera.
A rural boy at heart, Amo comes from Jericho, a rural village near the small town of Brits, South of the North West Province. It’s there that he grew up listening to the sounds of indigenous traditional music, jazz, afro pop, choral and classical music…there’s no question on Amo’s versatility as a performer and his commitment to making the performing arts a platform for creating something bigger than we are.
Like it’s said, charity begins at home and I guess the same can be said for young talent as it is at home that Amo first got exposed to the wonders of music.
His mother, being a soprano, always used to sing at home especially in the kitchen when cooking, then Amo would always join in and so became the tradition which still stands till today to sing in the kitchen…(let’s just say the neighbors know when Amo is home).
Amo got exposed to group singing at church with the sunday school choir and later the youth choir and of course stood out as soloist at school winning numerous eidstedfords at a very young age. But it wasn’t until Amo was dared by his cousin to participated in the anual church singing competition that Amo really caught the classical music bug, singing a Handel aria that was to change the course of his future.
It is now no surprise that very same bug has lead him traveling the world singing for audiences across the globe.
Whether it be singing for the Israel ambassador or for the esteemed Ms Graça Machel, or having worked with operatic legends like Sibongile Khumalo and Ms Rene Flemming and companies like Opera Africa, The Blacktie Ensemble and Cape Town Opera.
It goes without saying that the world has become one big exciting oyster that Amo cannot wait to devour…
Hailing from Qwaqwa in the Free State Tiisetso’s musical career began when he took part in a national solo singing competition then called “Tirisano” and Obtained a 3rd position. In 2005 he obtained a scholarship to study at Hoerskool Stellenberg in Cape Town through the South African Youth Choir. While he was at Hoerskool Stellenberg he got the opportunity to travel to different countries such as England, Canada and South Korea where he got to expand and enhance his musical capacity. He then went on to study course to Vocal Art, while at TUT he got the opportunity to perform in productions such as Sophiatown, Don Giovanni, Faust and La Cenerentola. He was also appointed as the Musical Director for Sophiatown after his success with that production he was forwarded the opportunity to musically direct Lerato La Daddy, Shine Bright Bana Project, making it his debut in the professional world.
Sebokeng born Kabelo was always the entertainer in the family while growing up. After completing his matric he wished to study music but his parents didn’t allow him as they didn’t see music as a stable career, “mmino ha onachelete they would say, meaning music doesn’t have money. He then decided to study Marketing Management after successfully completing it he worked in the field for about 20 months. In 2010 his love for the stage got rejuvenated after watching a DVD of the musical Rent. In 2011 he then resigned and enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology and graduated with a BTech in musical theatre in 2014.
While at TUT, he performed in several musicals such as Coloured Mecca as an ensemble member, Believe in the Magic as a soloist, Legally Blonde as Warner Huntington III and the history making Sarafina, In Black and White as Stimela. This every so growing, dynamic performer also got the opputunity work with the SAMA nominee LidiweMaxolo on her album ‘Time’.
Although ATTIKA come from different musical backgrounds, they have been able to create a unique sound that is sure to resonate with different audiences around the world. Their strength lies in bringing music perceived to be for older generations and bringing it to the masses and once again showcasing that South Africa has a lot to offer when it comes to classical music. Their different personalities, different musical backgrounds and International-acclaim set them apart from all other musical groups in the world.
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