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TUT Graduate discloses her New Year’s aspirations

The beginning of a new year often means that it’s time to set new objectives and plan ahead, or even restrategize where necessary. Like most of us, Tshwane University of Technology graduate, Matema Modiba, is doing exactly that.

Matema is from a small village called Sahara, Ga-Mamabolo in Limpopo. She is 23 years of age and was brought up together with her 3 brothers and 1 sister by her single mom.

“Growing up I was a child that loved playing with boys because they seemed to have more fun than girls. I’d play things like cricket, soccer, hide and seek and wrestling with my brothers. Yes wrestling and I enjoyed it”, she says.

Growing up without a father, her mom always made sure that they were well taken care of and taught them how important God is and that He should be put first in everything they do. Matema lived by these words throughout her upbringing and she still does up to this day.

She went to a high school called Marobathota and it was there where she discovered her love for acting and singing. Her main focus though has always been on studies and less on entertainment.

When she later moved on to TUT Matema admits that she was quiet shy to sing in front of people as she went there to audition for acting but ended up registering as a Vocal Art student – something which she does not regret at all.

As a child, she would often start songs at church and sometimes at school. She then fell in love with modeling soon after she arrived at TUT and some people close to her suggested that she does it as a career on the side as a plus-size women. “When I saw Calvin Klein models in underwear, I was like I gotta try that. So modeling is something I want to do also on the side this year as I love posing for the camera and the camera loves me too”, she believes.

With the dawn of the New Year, Matema is also planning to apply more confidence in herself and to attend any singing and acting auditions that she might come across, in order to prepare herself for life outside school next year.

“I was having that problem where I cared what people will think or say about me. It was my first time coming to study something I’d only seen on TV but never really knew how it was mastered so I didn’t have the confidence to sing the way I should have. So one of my goals is to get out there and sing each lied,aria,oratorio with confidence and not worry about what others will say”, she explained.

For those of us who may not know what Vocal Art is, it is a cause that specializes on the singing of opera music which combines a set of acting, scenery, costumes and orchestra.

“So we learn how to use the technique of singing in opera. Unlike other genres there’s a way of singing opera. There’s breathing in all sorts of singing but with opera there’s a way of breathing and moulding the vowels; shaping the mouth to produce a certain sound. I can easily say that this career chose me, and not the other way around”, she said.

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Some of the people that she admires and looks up to are Angelina Jolie, Ramie Chuene, Nicki Minaj, Cecilia Bartoli and Cassper Nyovest.

“Angelina is a great actress. Give her any role and she’ll master it like the pro she is. I appreciate her acting skills. Ramie is my favourite South African actress. That woman can act and o ikgantšha ka leleme la gabo. So one of the reasons I love her is that she knows what she’s doing and knows how to do it well.

“Cecilia is an Italian singer of opera, and man that woman is a hard worker. She trains a lot and she sings beautifully. Only a few can do what she does. I love Nicki for her confidence and that she does what makes her happy. She puts herself first and gets the job done. I love Cassper for having the confidence to do things regardless of all the negativity surrounding him. He sets a goal and goes out to archive it”, she added.

Looking into the near future, Matema wants to perform regularly, make enough money to start a business in the Arts Entertainment and try to create opportunities for those who are equally passionate about arts.

With the right frame of mind that she’s in, this New Year is promising to be a good one for her in terms of putting herself out there, applying more confidence and achieving whatever it is she wants.

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