Mmabore was born at Ga-Mogashoa village in Sekhukhune , which is a beautiful village rich in heritage . She has 2 music ulbums her latest album is named GaSekhukhune which was released earlier this .
She is a 2019 Provincial Innovation award winner for Golden Shield Heritage Awards and May Essay competition winner titled ‘I am an African’ from National Heritage Council of South Africa and 2019 Best Newcomer for Skeem Local Music Awards. She is the founder of Mmabore Setabudi (Pty) Ltd and Mmabore Foundation which won 3 trophies in 2018 with Mogashoa Primary School children in drama, song performance and traditional dance. Mmabore donated 30 story books she won from Sowetan to Mogashoa Primary, Makgane Higher Primary, Arethabeng Primary and Bafedi Primary schools in Makhuduthamaga local Municipality.
She is a heritage activist who is planting a seed of culture love to the people. Mmabore performs her music wearing her Sepedi traditional attire which consists of traditional Sepedi beads called Mohlaka, Tshehlwane, Madi a mathari and Leokodi. She wears Ntepa, a traditional women cloth made of cow’s skin, apron made of goat skin, hands and legs Sepedi traditional bangles called Maseka. Mmabore loves her African ways of living and with her work our future leaders will start to love and respect their heritage and have humanity.
She gave up her IT career to answer her calling and now uses her talent and knowledge to save African heritage. She is multi-talented and does her work with pride. She is the Pedi Pride Queen. Her poem ‘plea to my ancestors’ is about asking ancestors to wipe tears of an African child. It was published in the Benchmarks Foundations Reports for Southern African countries and ‘Being black is not a sin’ was published by Act Ubumbano Voices https://www.ubumbanovoice.com/being-black-is-not-a-sin/
Mmabore performed at Benchmarks Foundation Conference in 2019 for Climate change catastrophe and 2018 Maphungubwe Exhibition. She also shares indegineous knowledge at Thobela FM’s Moshate o Mogolo with Max Mojapelo about traditional music instruments namely Botsorwane(traditional Violin), Sekgapa, meropa, dinaka and lekope. She is the co-author of ‘Excuse my Color’ a book about challenges faced by people with Albinism available at Takealot link http://www.takealot.com/excuse-my-color/PLID59535585 with the aim of encouraging people to learn more about Albinism because they are our brothers and sisters therefore they deserve to be loved, protected and respected. Publications include https://www.dailysun.co.za/Celebs/mmabore-mogashoa-is-a-healer-and-pedi-singer-20200818, Upcoming Mag online magazine, Sekhukhune Times and Izwi Le Africa Newspapers. Won 3rd position in October 2020 for Just Recovery Art Challenge for her song titled ‘Climate Change’
When asked about the challenges she’s faces in her field she said
“The challenge that we face is that people are not supporting traditional music like other genres and Covid19 made things worse as we lost on our income opportunities.”
Her advice to people is to learn more about heritage( culture and roots) and protect it as it is a priceless gift left by our ancestors.
Her contact details
Facebook: Mmabore Gladys Mogashoa