'There is no space for failure this year', says Soul Kulture on repeating Grade 11
After failing Grade 11 last year, which was one of the set backs that came with breaking into the industry, afro-soul duo Soul Kulture are determined to complete their school careers.
While, getting their big break into the music industry was a dream come true for the young duo who grew up in the dusty streets of Khayelitsha, it didn't come without a price.
However, Afeletse Manamathela (19) and Msekeli Velaphi (21) admitted to TshisaLIVE that they have learned the hard way to balance the pressures of fame and high school.
After failing last year the long-term friends are doing everything in their power to work harder at school.
"We are not prepared to fail, like there is no space for failure this year," the pair said.
Afeletse and Msekeli have since moved from their previous school in Khayelitsha to Northwood College in Pretoria, where they are repeating the grade.
In an effort to make a better life for themselves, the pair who were discovered at the Khayelitsha taxi rank, after their families moved from the Eastern Cape focused heavily on making their music career a success.
The Ngelinyi'langa hitmakers attributed their failure at school to the extensive travelling as up-and-coming musicians.
"The travelling back and forth really affected us, more than the 'fame' that came with being recognised for our talents. Sometimes we had to miss school, but now that we are closer to everything, we have more time to study and to make music," they said.
The duo are also enjoying the experience at their new school and have often been asked to give impromptu performances to fellow students who are also their fans.
"From the first day everyone knew us, at lunch time, almost everyday we sang for them. But now it has slowed down a bit," they said.
Soul Kulture bagged two nominations ahead of this year's South African Music Awards which takes place next month.