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.
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Goapele Discography Tracks


071177GKM Goapele Closer(CD, Album) Goapele Music 071177GKM US 2001 Sell This Version
Goapele Even Closer (Album) Skyblaze Recordings US 2002 Sell This Version
Goapele Change It All (Album) Columbia, Skyblaze Recordings, Sony Urban Music Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Goapele Break Of Dawn (Album) Decon, Skyblaze Recordings US 2011 Sell This Version
81011606-2 Goapele Strong As Glass(CD, Album) Skyblaze Recordings 81011606-2 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Goapele Got It (Maxi) Skyblaze Recordings US 2003 Sell This Version
Goapele Closer (Single, Maxi) ABB Records US 2002 Sell This Version
BBE 12 024 Goapele Even Closer EP(12") BBE BBE 12 024 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
Goapele First Love (Single) Columbia US 2005 Sell This Version
Goapele Love Me Right (Single) Columbia, Skyblaze Recordings US 2006 Sell This Version
none GoapeleHip Hop Pantsula GoapeleHip Hop Pantsula - Victory(File, MP3, Single, 320) Skyblaze Recordings none US 2010
Goapele Dreamseeker EP (EP) Empire, Skyblaze Recordings Japan 2017 Sell This Version
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


none DJ Eleven, Goapele, DJ Sake1 DJ Eleven, Goapele, DJ Sake1 - Big Things Start Small Volume 1(CD, Comp, Mixtape) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version


Goapele Change It All Skyblaze Recordings, Sony Urban Music, Columbia US 2005 Sell This Version
none Goapele Milk & Honey (AYBEE's Gorilla In Trunk Slap)(File, MP3, Promo) Skyblaze Recordings none US 2009
Goapele & 9th Wonder Goapele & 9th Wonder - Catch 22 (9th Wonder Remix) Not On Label 2010
Goapele Nothing Compares 2 U Not On Label 2010
Goapele & Nate Greenberg Goapele & Nate Greenberg - Catch 22 (Nate Greenberg Remix) Not On Label 2010