• Name: Katlego MthombeniHis first project was "Siya Jema" - the track "Phasola" can also be downloaded from Rhythm Music Store:
• Stage Name: “London Passion”
• Date of Birth: 08 September 2003
• Place of Birth: Moteti, Dennilton (Moutse District)
• Debut Album: Siya Jema
London’s musical ability was first spotted by his father who is a Gospel singer. Having realized that his little boy had so much passion for music, he started helping him develop his talent and assisted in writing lyrics and directing his son’s overall pleasant-sounding approach. So amazing is London’s energy when he is on stage, and his exhilarating stage craft. The artist knows exactly what to do and how to handle the crowd. Wherever he has performed, London’s musical craft has left people amazed at his diverse approach towards music and the stage.
Once his music was recorded and ready for release, with the help of his father, London got introduced to George Senosha and Ephraim Mokou who quickly signed the genius artist under Nosha-Mokou Promotions. Through the company, London has been exposed to a number of great initiatives, including being highly involved in charity commitments.
If there is one thing I am certain of when talking about the young Kwaito star London Passion, it’s that I have no doubt the juvenile shaker is here to stay. London Passion is not just another Kwaito artist… what makes the talented singer unique is his approach to mixing Kwaito music and Gospel music– which can simply be defined as ‘kwaito-fying’ gospel.
Even though London is on the verge of great things, the little boy has gone through some rough time and always refused to give up. Before he could go to the studio and start recording songs, the youngster got involved in a near-fatal car accident. He got hit by a speeding vehicle while on his way back from school. With so much courage, the Kwaito star refused to give up; he walked out of the hospital full of life and immediately started working on his material.
Some of his recent performances:
• World Cup Fan Fest (2010) - Rustenburg
• YoTV (Mandela Day Programme) (2010) - Urban Brew Studios
• Childline (2010) - Polokwane
• Khensani Primary School (Awards Ceremony) (2009 & 2010) - Soshanguve
• Grace & Hope LSEN (2010) - Polokwane
• Childline/Tshwane Gospel Choir event (2011) - Polokwane
Just prior to June the 16th 2009, through his positive message to the community, London released his first project titled “Siya Jema”. Instead of pocketing the proceeds he had made from the sales of the release, the star went and donated (16 June 2009) all the money made to: Mmabana Primary School: R 1000,00, Adonai Private School: R 1000,00 and Soshanguve Community Radio: R 1000,00.
Further to the above, he donated:
• Bosele School for the Blind & Deaf: R 2000,00
• Carlton Athletics Club in Soshanguve: R 2000,00
• “My Pride” Drama group: R 1000,00 fundraising to attend the Arts Festival in Grahamstown
• Seshego Presbyterian Church: R 1000,00 Fundraising to complete their Church building
• Pelonolo School for the Mentally Handicapped: R 1000,00
• Moutse Community Radio Station Donated a cow worth R 4500,00 for their birthday celebrations
• Moutse Community Radio Station (Huge Cake): R 3500,00
• Masego Kgomo (Soshanguve) R 1000,00, towards burial of the 10-year old girl
• 2 x Football kits to schools in Temba - the Anti-Drugs campaign
• Khensani Primary School - Achievers’ Awards: R 1000,00
• Grace & Hope LSEN: R 1000,00
London played a role during Nelson Mandela day campaign (18 July 2009), spared his 67 minutes of playing by spending it with Jehovah Jirah Orphanage in Soshanguve. He performed for the orphans, and his message to them was: “You are special, I love you all”. Saturday the 12th December 2009 was going to be a gloomy day for Malerato Orphanage Centre for Hope, had it not been for Motsweding FM’s initiative to brighten up the day for the children.London shared the Christmas party with the children, entertained and inspired them, as part of passion for helping the needy. The following day he went on to donate groceries to the value of R1 500,00.
It is clear that after the donations he made since June the 16th 2009, a lot of people started asking why London chose to make such a great effort to the community…
According to Nosha-Mokou Promotions, as young as he may be, some of the artist’s priorities are:
• to understand South African history, such as knowing what happened on June the 16th, , 1976;
• the importance of giving back to the community;
• importance of helping the needy;
• focus on getting education;
• inspire his peers
London envisions a generation that is about being responsible, living a life that matters and knowing exactly where one is going.
His debut album, “Siya Jema”, deals with topics such as the passion that the youngster has for music, religion, education and charity work. According to the star, even though he is very much fervent about his music, he explains that education should be the first priority to every growing mind. As much as he loves spending time writing and recording songs, London is very clear about where he stands when it comes to life; “believe in the power of prayer, respect your elders, get education”
• attending Joe Nina’s album launch in Johannesburg - 2009
• attending The President’s Concert in Gaborone, Botswana - 2009
• performing at the Mascom-sponsored Boosta Bash in Gaborone (Lion Park) - 31 December 2009
• At Masego Kgomo’s funeral (the 10-year old girl killed in Soshanguve) London performed
a freshly-composed song titled “Stop Abuse”, dedicating the song to Masego - Jan. 2010
• invited to perform at the Anti-drugs campaign, Temba Stadium, in Hammanskraal. Amongst
the dignitaries, there was the Deputy Minister of Police; the President of the Youth League;
and the former Bafana Bafana midfielder, Shoes Mosoeu (19.02.2010)
• forming part of “Tselane and the Giant”, a play adapted from the African folklore,
@ the State Theatre, Tshwane: 06 - 28 March 2010