Real Name:
Goapele Mohlabane
Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-LAY) means “to move forward” in Sitswana, a South African dialect.

Goapele Mohlabane started singing as a child, and at age 14 she joined the Oakland Youth Chorus. After high school, she decided to pursue music as a professional career and enrolled in the Berkley College of Music in Boston. After that, she worked with San Francisco musicians and artists, then went on to record on both east and west coasts of the United States to record her self-released debut album, Closer.

After this release, she formed Skyblaze Recordings with her brother Namane to oversee her musical career. Her first nationally distributed album, Even Closer, an expanded version of her debut album, was initially released through Hieroglyphics Imperium until Columbia picked her album up for worldwide distribution and signed her to a recording contract. Even Closer was rereleased with extra tracks, and, in 2005, her second album, Change it All was released, focusing on the activism in which she had been involved since she was a child.

Goapele Discography


071177GKM Goapele Closer(CD, Album) Goapele Music 071177GKM US 2001 Sell This Version
230108-2 Goapele Even Closer (Album) Skyblaze Recordings 230108-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
82796 92910 2 Goapele Change It All (Album) Columbia, Skyblaze Recordings, Sony Urban Music 82796 92910 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
DCN133 Goapele Break Of Dawn (Album) Decon, Skyblaze Recordings DCN133 US 2011 Sell This Version
none Goapele Strong As Glass(CD, Album) Skyblaze Recordings none US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HIPRO-004-2 Goapele Closer (Maxi, Single) Skyblaze Recordings HIPRO-004-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
HIPRO006-2 Goapele Got It (Maxi) Skyblaze Recordings HIPRO006-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
BBE 12 024 Goapele Even Closer EP(12") BBE BBE 12 024 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
CAS 59729 Goapele First Love (Single) Columbia CAS 59729 US 2005 Sell This Version
82876845992 Goapele Love Me Right (Single) Columbia, Skyblaze Recordings 82876845992 US 2006 Sell This Version
none GoapeleHip Hop Pantsula GoapeleHip Hop Pantsula - Victory(File, MP3, Single, 320) Skyblaze Recordings none US 2010
44-3464 Cypress Hill, Lil' Flip, Goapele, dead prez, Jakk Frost, Sarah Conner Cypress Hill, Lil' Flip, Goapele, dead prez, Jakk Frost, Sarah Conner - Urban Cartel 23(12", Promo) Sony Urban Music 44-3464 Canada Unknown Sell This Version


CSK 17318 Goapele Change It All Skyblaze Recordings, Sony Urban Music, Columbia CSK 17318 US 2005 Sell This Version
B002LPNXHO Goapele Milk & Honey (AYBEE's Gorilla In Trunk Slap)(File, MP3, Promo) Skyblaze Recordings B002LPNXHO US 2009