Baldwin Kay performing at the Kat Kom Weer Art Exhibition in Mookgophong. Photo: Carina Bester 

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Baldwin Hlongwane is a self-taught musician from Mookgophong whose career dates back to his boyhood at Hoërskool Hans Strijdom. 

Affectionately known as “Baldwin Kay”, he bought his first acoustic guitar in 2012.

He learned the finer points of playing his favourite instrument alongside musical videos on YouTube. 

This local star now performs at gala dinners, concerts, weddings and art exhibitions. 

At the age of 14, Hlongwane was part of a group called Mookgophong Theatre of Arts and Culture and that is where he met his mentor, Jouzeph Tema.

“Tema advised me to record my first single,” Hlongwane said.

He has since won the coveted Love Life Music Award in 2010, and also the Hansies Got Talent in 2015. 

“The awards gave me a boost to want to collect more and grow. When I look back to where I come from, I thank the grace of God,” Hlongwane said.

Kay loves the Afro-pop repertoire and said it inspires people.

“I researched the genre that is most typically for older people, and at first it was about proving to my fellow youth that anything is possible, but I ended up loving the Afro-pop idiom,” he explained.

Hlongwane matriculated in 2015, and subsequently co-founded the Bajore music ensemble.

He said he planned to study music part-time whilst continuing to work as a musician during the new year.

Hlongwane said has composed three albums, two of which were released as singles.

 “I believe it is only that one hit song that will put me on the map. That is why I am pushing singles until I get a larger fan base,” he said.

5 months ago       07 December 2017