At 21 years old, singer/songrwriter John Tsenoli is one of South Africa’s most vibrant up-and-coming singers!
Music has always been John Tsenoli's passion, and so 4 years ago as a shy 17-year old, John packed up and left his family and the mountains of his homeland of Lesotho and headed to Johannesburg to pursue his dream.
Tough times ensued and soon had John questioning his decision. He was just days away from heading back home “where he would need to herd cattle” as John says, when a friend encouraged him to audition for Born To Perform’s Gala Concert that year, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
Not only was he cast in a featured segment of the show, but he was offered a full scholarship to attend Stageworx Performing Arts School which he embraced with gusto. Three years later, John has recently qualified with a prestigious LTCL Degree in Performing Arts from Trinity College in London - which he passed with distinction.
John was born to be on stage! Stage credits are already stacking up; from his inaugural Born To Perform Gala Concert to A Night With the Stars with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, Capital Singers alongside Jonathan Roxmouth, Gospel Spectacular alongside the like of Brian Temba, Connell Cruise and Mahalia Buchanan, being invited to perform at Collett Dawson’s 25th Anniversary Party alongside Broadway and West End star MiG Ayesa and most recently, Gone Too Soon.
John’s original track Long Road was also the showstopper number of Born To Perform’s SHINE! in 2018 and so he returned to reprise his hit in September 2019 at Born To Perform’s SHINE! 2019, staged at The Teatro at Montecasino, once again the showstopper performance, receiving a standing ovation at each of the four performances.
John released his debut single I'm Just a Boy in September 2019 to great critical acclaim.
John is most definitely a young star on the rise!
Here’s what one of South Africa’s top show producers has to say about him:
“John Tsenoli was born to be on stage! From his innate charm to dynamic stage presence, audiences are immediately drawn to him. Whether he’s crooning some old-school R&B classics like “Georgia” in front of an intimate audience to getting a vast crowd up on their feet while he performs rap songs like Nkalakatha, and everything in between, those who watch him perform remain captivated throughout. Added to this, his passion and sheer love of music, across all genres, and performing it to a live audience, shines through and sets him apart from so many other artists. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him for any event. In fact, I use him wherever possible!”
- Collett Dawson - The CoLab Network