Moabi Kotu – Bringing South Africa to the Valley

A mere 5 years ago it was common to hear complaints among Phoenicians about there being a lack of culture and diversity in events in the valley. However, it is fair to say this sentiment is quick if not already dissipated. Phoenix Metropolitan and Tucson can boast of having a broad range of concerts, events, and festivals that reflect the diversity of its population.

Moabi Kotu, a recent transplant of South Africa by way of Louisiana is one of the many talented artists who seek to share his culture and talents with the rest of the world. Born in Soweto, South Africa to a family of musicians gave him a birthright that led him beyond the boundaries of his hometown. With uncles as reputable musicians, two grandmothers as singers and writers it was easy for Moabi to make inroads into the of music professionally at the age of 15 years old and he has not paused since.

Moabi’s authenticity comes from his inspiration and motivation for sharing his talents along with the messages that are woven into his lyrics. According to Moabi, music is his calling to “deliver messages from his ancestors to educate the world about the beauty, the pain and the power of Africa in our times.” (

While his music is rooted in traditional African melodies it is fused with Jazz, Afrobeats, Funk, Soul, Reggae, and Gospel. This unique blend results in familiar sounds that all lovers of music can appreciate.

Based On African True Stories – B.O.A.T.S

SARABO had the privilege to attend Moabi’s Album Release concert which was a celebration of renowned South African artists Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

It was a powerful performance where he was accompanied on stage by a talented band and his wife Jessica Kotu who is a powerhouse in her own right.

Moabi Kotu can be identified as a true representation of the continent and the best it has to offer. Dedicated to his craft and does so in full acknowledgement and celebration of his South African origins, we anticipate that his career will continue to grow and we at SARABO will be closely watching him.