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The Fresh Prince of Idols SA

09 July 2021
He’s Mzansi dance music royalty who’s worked with some amazing vocalists – now Prince Kaybee joins our judging panel!
Prince Kaybee on Idols SA

It’s not often that our judges are joined by royalty, but with locally-renowned and internationally lauded Prince Kaybee joining us as guest judge we’re rolling out the red carpet and shining the spotlight on him.

Hailing from Senekal in the Free State, Kabelo Motsami AKA Prince Kaybee is a DJ and musician who got his break on a reality show.

He entered a DJ competition called ‘1s & 2s’ back in 2015 and, needless to say, stole the show and won. He has since released a slew of hits including ‘Club Controller’, ‘Charlotte’, ‘Fetch Your Life’, ‘Banomoya’, and ‘Gugulethu’, which he performed on the Idols stage last season!

He’s bagged numerous awards on the back of these tracks, including a Metro FM Award for Best Dance Album in 2016, and three awards at the 2018s SAMAs: Best Male Artist and Best Dance Album, and Best Producer. In 2020, he earned himself yet more SAMAs for Male Artist of The Year, Bestt Dance Album, Best Produced Music Video, and the BIGGIE: Album of The Year!

He also scored wins at the DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards in 2019 – Song of the Year for ‘Club Controller’ – and in 2020 for 'Gugulethu'.

But wait – there’s more! At The 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival in Nigeria, Prince Kaybee was awarded Best Collaboration for the same song – his first international accolade.

Perhaps most impressively, he also made it to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s ‘Favourite Music of 2020’ list for ‘Uwrongo’ with Shimza, Black Motion and Ami Faku!

This highly decorated, multi-platinum selling prince was a no-brainer when it came to selecting guest judges for Season 17 – he’s proven he has what it takes to become a star and not allow anyone to dim his light. Which is something any Idol SA hopeful can learn from.

Season 17 of Idols SA broadcasts on Sundays at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic Channel 161 and 17:00 from the live shows. Get exclusive updates and a behind the scenes look at all the action right here on our website. Don't forget to join the conversation by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #IdolsSA.