This is the biography of Bontle Mabotlhale Smith, widely recognized as Bontle Smith. She is a prominent South African Amapiano singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Bontle Smith was born on the 1st of April 1989, making her 34 years old as of 2023.
Early Life and Education
Born in Tembisa, South Africa, Bontle spent her early years in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo, before returning to Tembisa. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of Johannesburg. During her time at the University of Johannesburg, she joined the contemporary singing group “Currents of Blackness,” alongside artist Donald Moatshe.
Bontle Smith Career
Early Musical Passion
Bontle Smith’s journey into the world of music began at a young age. Her early exposure to music, when her father played it for her mother during pregnancy, sowed the seeds of her passion for music. At just 12 years old, she started singing at her local church, and her love for music grew rapidly.
As a child, Bontle would gather with friends for a game of “Jam Alley,” where she took on the role of the performer. These early experiences shaped her love for music and performance. She fondly recalls how, as a child, she wrote music and performed for her peers.
“I have always loved music as a child, and I knew I would have a career in the music industry. I used to have the time of my life every time we pretended to be on Jam Alley with my friends. And ever since, I used to write music and perform for my peers.”
Bontle Smith’s parents recognized her undeniable talent but encouraged her to pursue her education and obtain a degree. She faced a crucial decision between her passion for music and her studies.
Choosing to prioritize her education, she completed her schooling before dedicating herself to her music career. Her journey involved singing at church and writing lyrics during high school. However, in tertiary education, she fully realized her talent and potential to make a living through her musical gifts.
Bontle Smith Musical Collaborations and Breakthroughs
While attending the University of Johannesburg, Bontle joined the contemporary singing group “Currents of Blackness.” In 2010, she collaborated with DJ Giggs on her debut song, “Lose Yourself in the Music,” marking her official entry into the music industry. Her talent and determination eventually led her to become a sought-after hip-hop artist. Notably, she was featured in one of Cassper Nyovest’s singles, “Gets Getsa 2.0.”
Bontle Smith has lent her vocal talents to various tracks, including “Lerato” (2018) by DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, “Da Lawds Prayer” by Mas Music, “Money Calling” (2018) by DJ Maphorisa, and “More Than That” (2018) by DJ Maphorisa.
In 2010, she released her debut song, “Lose Yourself in the Music,” in collaboration with DJ Giggs. Bontle Smith has also made appearances in music videos, such as Cassper Nyovest’s hit single “Gets Getsa 2.0” and MFR Souls’ “Amanikiniki.”
Notably, Bontle Smith is the first female artist to be part of DJ Maphorisa’s BLAQBOY Music. In addition to her impressive vocal and songwriting abilities, she is a talented dancer and occasionally ventures into the world of modelling
In August 2023, she released her 6-track EP titled This Is Me after she collaborated and made hit songs with a lot of artists.