Selaelo Selota, who grew up in a rural village near Polokwane, was inspired by traditional music around him. While working in the mines and living among migrant workers, he was exposed to the traditional songs and dances from many other Southern African tribal groups.
After three years, he left the mines and got a job at Kippies Jazz Club as a cleaner. He learnt from the musicians on stage and in 1988 bought his first guitar and began studying music theory through FUBA (Federated Union of Black Artists) Academy. A year later he formed his first band.
He studied for a Jazz Degree at UCT and then formed two new groups. With Meropa he played at the Grahamstown Arts Festival Fringe in 1995 and a year later formed Taola as a vehicle for his own songs, a fusion of Pedi music, modern elements and the traditional African experiences. He has won numerous awards over