Our Performers

Although SMYLe membership currently includes between 35 and 45 “regulars”, and performances will include a mix of senior team members and recent joiners, our preference is to only highlight those learners who have earned the distinction of being recognised as a “Senior Performer”. As learners demonstrate not only to our attendance and academic performance expectations – a minimum of two consecutive semesters of meeting SMYLe’s minimum requirements – and who have mastered the ability to perform no fewer than 30 of SMYLe repertoire of well over 100 songs, they join the “Senior Performance Team” roster (and thus are added to this page).

On an annual basis, SMYLe loses senior performers as they graduate from high school and move on to the next phase of their lives. In 2018 though, SMYLe lost a few highly talented senior performers due to increasing pressure for them to attend supplemental classes at their schools on weekends. This means that while SMYLe normally has a talent pool of between 16 and 20 senior performers, we currently (as at 15 May) only have 11. Our goal is to promote as many as 10 juniors by 01 September…in time for the recording of our next set of CDs.

The attached profile pics represent our current team of senior performers.

Meet Them!

Boikanyo

Boikanyo

Age: 17
Grade: 11
School: George Khoza Secondary School
Year Started SMYLe: 2011
Instrument(s): Steel Pan
What I want to be when I grow up: Dermatologist
Sweat equity life goal: To own a pharmacy.
Who I am: I’m a good person, I love people, and I everything I do seriously. I love music and I want to produce music in the future.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: Being part of SMYLe helps me a lot because it helps me to avoid a lot of bad things that happen in our society. Most importantly, it helps me with my studies.
Katleho

Katleho

Age: 16
Grade: 10
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2016
Instrument(s): Marimbas and djembe
What I want to be when I grow up: App developer
Sweat equity life goal: To develop the most successful apps so I can afford to buy a Lamborghini
Who I am: I am young smart boy who is very passionate about computer programming. I’m very innovative and enthusiastic, and I like exploring new places and things.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I believe I can get help through SMYLe to improve my academic performance. It plays a very positive role in my life by taking me off the streets, and it leaves a positive impact because we are motivated to be the best we can be.
Katlego

Katlego

Age:13
Grade: 8
School:St Martins de Porres Secondary School
Year Started SMYLe: 2011
Instrument(s):Steel Pan
What I want to be when I grow up: Chef, Scientist or a Mining Engineer
Sweat equity life goal: I want to open my own zoo
Who I am: I’m a person who is shy to perform in front in people, but when I’m with the band I enjoy playing steel pans and drums. Sometimes, if there’s no band practice, I like to lay down and sing all sorts of songs, or pick up sticks and play music
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because since the time I joined, my Math and English marks have improved. Being in the band has also help me avoid making bad choices for my future.
Katleho

Katleho

Age: 16
Grade: 10
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2016
Instrument(s): Marimbas and djembe
What I want to be when I grow up: App developer
Sweat equity life goal: To develop the most successful apps so I can afford to buy a Lamborghini
Who I am: I am young smart boy who is very passionate about computer programming. I’m very innovative and enthusiastic, and I like exploring new places and things.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I believe I can get help through SMYLe to improve my academic performance. It plays a very positive role in my life by taking me off the streets, and it leaves a positive impact because we are motivated to be the best we can be.
Keitumetsi ("Kyle")

Keitumetsi ("Kyle")

Age: 17
Grade: 11
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2018
Instrument(s): Marimbas
What I want to be when I grow up: Actor, rapper and choreographer
Sweat equity life goal: To have a best selling album
Who I am: I am a kind and fun guy to be around. I am interested in music and my role model is Takeoff from Migos. When I grow up I want to be known for my good deeds.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I get to learn more about music and I also get to learn Maths in a fun way. It helps me improve my grades and brings out the best in me…because I get to be me.
Kgothatso ("Biggie")

Kgothatso ("Biggie")

Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2016
Instrument(s): Djembe and bongos
What I want to be when I grow up: An entrepreneur who travels the world.
Sweat equity life goal: I want to start an empire of different businesses.
Who I am: I’m a boy with a passion for music. I am a friendly person and I interact with everyone. I have a dream to see our country becoming the most entertaining country on Earth, and I want to make our country equal for everyone to be able to be rich.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: I get to make music for people and have fun. I get to learn music from others within a band that brings joy to every human being who sees us perform. SMYLe teaches everyone how to be yourself, and how to take pride in education. This is very important because education is the key to our success.

Lesego

Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2010
Instrument(s): Marimbas and drums
What I want to be when I grow up: Businessman
Sweat equity life goal: A beach house and a Lamborghini.
Who I am: I’m a Grade 12 learner who likes music and playing different instruments. I’m talkative, kind and caring. I also like playing sports: mostly soccer and cricket.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: Playing for SMYLe is very important because I get to experience many things, and visit many places. Michael is very motivational and he is a big role model for me. He always reminds us of the importance of our education, so that we can succeed in the future.
Nhlanhla

Nhlanhla

Age: 15
Grade:  10
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2016
Instrument(s): Marimbasa
What I want to be when I grow up:  Musician or businessman
Sweat equity life goal:  To achieve my dreams
Who I am: I am a caring person and I love playing musical instruments. I enjoy helping people, especially young people.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because it helps me improve my learning skills.
Nkululeko

Nkululeko

Age: 16
Grade: 10
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2018
Instrument(s): Marmba
What I want to be when I grow up: App developer and businessman
Sweat equity life goal: To own shares in MTN
Who I am: I am cool. I love people and I enjoy being around them. I enjoy studying. I’m not perfect, but I learn from my mistakes and continue to learn more every day. I am proud of myself.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I get to learn many things about music and life, like how to deal with certain problems. SMYLe motivates us to improve our school marks and makes me want to work harder at school.
Themba

Themba

Age: 18
Grade:  Post-matric
Year Started SMYLe: 2011
Instrument(s): Steel Pans and Marimbas
What I want to be when I grow up:  A drawing and painting artist
Sweat equity life goal: To be well known for my art
Who I am:  I’m a kind and loving person. I like communicating and socialising with those around me. I like sharing new ideas with my friends and I really like art.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me:  SMYLe keeps us away from bad things like crime, drugs and teenage pregnancy. SMYLe teaches us lots of good things, and it encourages us to do better at school.
Tokologo

Tokologo

Age: 17
Grade:  11
School: West Ridge High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2013
Instrument(s): Marimba and Steel Pan
What I want to be when I grow up:  Business Analyst or Travel Agent
Sweat equity life goal: Have three businesses in 15 years from now
Who I am: I am a very friendly person and shy at the same time. I love fashion and most of all photography. I am an extrovert and love making friends.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important to me because it has taught me a lot about our social living conditions and the importance of education, which is our main core value. It helps me get access to what I don’t have (internet, books, stationery). SMYLe has encouraged me to work hard to get to where I want to be.
Tshepiso

Tshepiso

Age: 17
Grade: 10
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2013
Instrument(s): Marimbas
What I want to be when I grow up: Chef
Sweat equity life goal: To be the top chef in South Africa
Who I am: I’m a humble and arrogant guy. I love music and mostly I’m a funny type of guy. I like working as a team because that’s when I succeed most. I talk too much and I like having fun.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I get full support and encouragement with my education. It helps me avoid all the horrible things such as the drugs and crime that happen around my crib.
Tsholonang

Tsholonang

Age: 17
Grade: 11
School: Forte High School
Year Started SMYLe: 2010
Instrument(s): Drums and Marimbas
What I want to be when I grow up: Musician
Sweat equity life goal: To own a music production company.
Who I am: I like playing musical instruments and make music. I like to make jokes and distracting others.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because I enjoy learning how to play more instruments while helping other kids learn. SMYLe helps us with our studies with Homework Club.
Zintle

Zintle

Age: 15
Grade:  10
School: Bhukulani Senior Secondary School
Year Started SMYLe: 2009
Instrument(s): Steel Pan
What I want to be when I grow up: Cardiologist
Sweat equity life goal: To buy my mother a house
Who I am: I’m a girl who likes to laugh. I have mood swings and I’m both an extrovert and an introvert. I’m a person who helps people when they’re in need of help. I’m talkative and sometimes I can be silly.
Why being part of SMYLe is important to me: SMYLe is important because it teaches me how to communicate with other people. SMYLe prevents me from doing wrong things like smoking, etc. It helps me with Maths classes and provides me with English books so that I cannot be shy when I’m communicating with others.