Felo Le Tee (Real Name: Tsholofelo Mokine; Born: 18th May) is a South African DJ, record producer, and singer best known for releasing hit singles such as “66,” “Guluva,” and “Bopha.” He has been active in the industry for over a decade and is associated with record labels such as Nylon Trax, Elottie Music Records, and New Money Gang.
A self-taught disc jockey, Tsholofelo started producing music while in grade 10. He was nurtured in the basics of DJing by his uncle, and after studying sound technology in college, he has moved on to make a name for himself in the SA music industry. He has released several smash songs along with albums and Long Plays such as ‘The DJs Bible’ (2018) and ‘Paradise’ (2021).
How Old is Felo Le Tee?
Felo Le Tee was born on May 18th. However, his year of birth is unknown. As a result, the age of the ’66’ hitmaker is still under wraps. Though it’s in the media that Felo Le Tee was born either in the 1980s or 1990s, it’s uncertain when the DJ was born as he hasn’t made his age public knowledge.
Felo Le Tee was born in Siyabuswa and raised in a Magana village in Mpumalanga. In his teen years, he relocated to Atteridgeville, Pretoria. He was a quiet kid who was always staying indoors when growing up. And thus, he never had many friends. He got influenced to pursue a career in music by his uncle, Abby, at a young age.
What is Felo Le Tee’s Real Name?
Chart-topping singer Felo Le Tee was born Tsholofelo Mokhine. He got his stage name from the last letter of his name―Tsholofelo and his grandmother’s first name, Lettie Mokhine. He had a close relationship with his granny, whom he attributes his success in music to her support and love. According to the DJ, his grandmother used to help him sneak out of the house at night when he had DJing gigs.
And she would ask him to knock on her window when he came back. As his biggest supporter, Felo Le Tee’s grandmother was the foundation he needed to keep his passion for music burning. And that’s why he pays homage to her by using her first name as part of his stage name.
He Attended Damelin College
Felo Lee Tee’s interest in music was aroused during his childhood years. Consequently, after completing matric, he desired to study music in a higher institution. Being confused about which school to attend that offered his dream course, he ended up studying Sound Technology at Damelin College situated in Tswane, Pretoria.
He enrolled at the college in the year 2014 and graduated in 2016. Later, Felo found the music school he wanted to study at, but at that time, he had been engrossed in his career.
Felo Le Tee Started Making Music at The Age of 14
The widely-known artist got into music production when he was in grade 10. Then at the age of fourteen, he started his professional music career. He started his DJing career by collecting cassettes and playing on both sides. Following the discovery of computers, Felo stepped into digital DJing.
He describes himself as a self-taught DJ, though he was lectured on the ins and outs of mixing tapes and disc jockeying by his uncle, Abby. He was introduced to vinyl and CDJs by one of his mentors in the music scene, Thobejan. With the zeal to further his musical career by acquiring new skills, Felo Le Tee perfected his musical production skills when he met with Tshegofatso Teffo, his production mentor.
He also has attributed his career stability to DBN Gogo, who assisted him in some projects at the nascent stage of his career. Tsholofelo has been involved in several projects, including Dihno’s album titled ‘Thokoza Café’ and collaborative singles with DBN Gogo. He embarked on UK Your in August 2022.
Which Record Label is Felo Le Tee Signed to?
Having worked on various projects throughout his career, the Mpumalanga native has worked with several record labels in South Africa and overseas. After releasing his first demo, ‘Home Land’, one of the tracks in the demo titled, ‘Excitement’ caught the attention of DJ Tira. Hence, Felo Le Tee was asked to release the single under DJ Cndo’s album, ‘Finest Lady Volume 5’.
The album was produced by the Afrotainment record label. More so, Felo has released most of his work on Traxsource and has also worked with US-based record labels, Nylon Trax and Open Bar Music. Currently, he is signed to DJ Maphorisa’s record label, New Money Gang. He has also been associated with Elottie Music Records as a music producer, DJ, and designer since May 2002.
Felo Le Tee is well-known for his incredible illustration of the connection between South African amapiano and American deep house with his songs and demos. His music usually consists of soulful vocals combined with modern pop and electronic beats. No wonder he has emerged as one of the biggest names in the industry from playing as a resident DJ.
Which is Felo Le Tee’s Best Song?
Tsholofelo Mokhine has been doing well musically. In October 2021, he released a hit song, ’66’ ft. Myztro which went global. in the next year, he released several smash singles including “Manca,” “Baby Manko,” and “Hayi.” The talented DJ has dropped several electrifying tracks in recent years, from “Dioatje Tsa Felo” to “Guluva,” and “Ngwana Mani” featuring DJ Maphorisa, Mpura, Kabza De Small, and Visca.
He also featured alongside Pabi Cooper, Young Stunna, and DBN Gogo in the single “Bambelela.” Felo dropped a sizzling album titled “Paradise”, which featured on iTunes Top 100 in 2021. He worked with some of the biggest artists in SA on the project. They include JazziQ, Vyno Miller, Reece Madlisa, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, Mas Musiq, and Daliwonga.
Besides the aforementioned songs, “Whistle” ft. Mellow & Sleazy, DJ Maphorisa, and Myztro, and “French Kiss” are other of Felo Le Tee’s best-known songs. He was nominated for the All Africa Music Award for Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro in September 2022.
Felo Le Tee’s Songs
- Paradise (2021)
- Elijah (2018)
- The DJs Bible (2018)
- Sugar (2016)
- Just Living (2013)
- We Just Living (2013)
- Manca ft. Toss
- Les Gout ft. DBN Gogo
- Ntombo ft. DBN Gogo and Aymos
- French Kiss ft. Dinho, DBN Gogo, and Hi Levelz
- Nawe ft. Makhanj, DBN Gogo, and Dinho
- Holy Water
- Imvula In Amsterdam
- iPlan ft. DBN Gogo, Tshiamo, Makhanj, and Dinho
- Sugar ft. Kabz Essential
- Ngwana Mani
- Nje Nje
- Shuck n Jive
- Storm is Over
- The Plug
- The Forbidden Fruit
- Bula Boot
- We Just Living
- Dance Mayhem
- Be a Rock
- Party Yam