This is why Mmatema Moremi won't be celebrating Valentine's Day
Singing sensation Mmatema Moremi has come far since her
Idols SA days. The season 11 runner-up is ready to celebrate the month of love
with her fans.
On Saturday 17 February she’ll be hosting The Love
Connection with Mmatema at Winnie’s Soul & Jazz Restaurant in Wendywood,
Joburg. Tickets for the show will be available at the door for R200.
DRUM caught up with the singer to find out more about the
gig and her plans for the year.
1. How did the idea for The Love Connection
with Mmatema come about?
February is the month of love and also my
crown birthday month. I’ll be turning 26 so because of that I wanted to
celebrate my birthday with everyone in a special way. I asked people to give me
ideas on social media and many asked for a show or a new single and I decide to
do the show. I named it The Love Connection with Mmatema because I want people
to connect through my music and just have a good time with me. I’d like the show
to be a sing-along and there’ll be cake for everyone whose birthday is from the
17th to 26th.
2. Which songs can fans expect to hear at the
People can expect to hear songs from my
current album, Love.Praise.Worship, as well as a number of their favourite
covers. Some of the songs I’ll be performing include I’m Sorry (which is an
apology for wronging a lover), Oh I love You (which expresses love) and Ke
3. Speaking about Ke Lerato, what was the
inspiration behind the hit?
I wrote Ke Lerato at the time South Africa
was going through the worst in terms of homicide, women abuse and when the
tragic news of Karabo Mokena broke. I wanted to encourage the spirit of caring
for the next person on the street by singing about general love among humans. I
remembered a scripture from the Bible and used that in the song.
4. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and I
actually don’t have a reason for it. I’ll be rehearsing for Saturday’s show all
day tomorrow and maybe I’ll go to Winnie’s since there’ll be performances.
5. Could it be you’re not celebrating
Valentine’s because there isn’t someone special in your life?
Haha! There are a lots of special people in
my life but if you’re asking about me having a partner, the answer is yes. I’m
in a relationship which is private but definitely not a secret.
6. How has life been since Idols?
Idols is a huge platform for aspiring
musicians. It gives great exposure and if you use the opportunity wisely you
could go far. Idols played a big role in my career since it gave me a start and
exposed me to people who were interested in my gift. It opened many doors for
7. Tell us about your album, Love.Praise.Worship?
The album comprises 16 tracks. I wrote most
of the songs in the comfort of my home because I wanted to avoid all the
technicalities. Love.Praise.Worship inspired my current life and life
post-Idols. I decided to fuse everything into one album because people expect
to hear different sounds from me. Some want to hear gospel and others love
songs. I wanted the album to appeal to everyone. It’s available on all digital
platforms and will be available in stores on 6 March.
8. What can your fans expect from you this
Fans can expect more of me. I’ll be pushing
the album as much as I can by having an album tour in all major cities. I’ll
also be doing more acting and presenting. I’m currently shooting the second season
of Bone of My Bones and I’ll be on a new gospel show on SABC1. I recently also
got an endorsement deal with a health and fitness company. I call this a year
of breaking boundaries. I want to do things I’ve never done before and go
beyond my limits. Maybe I’ll even do some dancing since I’m currently taking