Overview

Goepele is an American born South African soul and R&B singer songwriter who rose to fame in the United States with the release of her first single titled Even Closer back in 2001.

Goepele was born to a South African father, Douglas Mohlabane, and an American born Israelite mother Noa Mohlabane.The couple met in Nairobi, Kenya where they were both studying at Friends of the World College and they later married. Goepele has an older brother, Namane Mohlabane who is also in the music business as works as a DJ.

Early Life
At an early age, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School where she led a pre-teen peer support group. She also became involved in various groups and organisations that combated racism and sexism. It would be these extroverted activities that assisted her singing career as she would also sing at community functions.

In high school, Goapele sang in the Oakland Youth Choir and became part of a semi-professional music group called Vocal Motion. Upon high school graduation, she attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she studied music theory. She also began developing her song writing skills during her post-secondary education.
In the summer of 2001, Goapele was signed to Skyblaze Recordings and completed her debut album. After finishing the record, she toured North America with Spearhead. She returned to the studio in 2002 to begin work on her second record.

Human rights work
Goapele performed at rallies, demonstrations, and various political events around the world from Cuba to South Africa. On September 14, 2006, the California-based Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights honoured her with its first ever Human Rights Cultural Hero Award during the centre’s 10th-anniversary celebration, which was titled “Tribute to a Dream.” The following statement was issued by the Centre regarding the award:

The Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights is a non-profit strategy and action centre. The stated aim of the centre is to work for justice, opportunity, and peace in urban America. In 2017, Goepele collaborated with South African rapper Cassper Nyovest on two singles titled Confused and Destiny on his latest album Thuto.

Artists she worked with:

Hieroglyphics – “Make Your Move” from Full Circle (2003)
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science – “Try Me” from J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science (2003)
E-40 – “Show & Prove” from Breakin”’ News (2003)
Triple Threat – “How U Talkin?” from Many Styles (2003)
Aceyalone – “Moonlit Skies” from Love & Hate (2003)
Planet Asia – “Upside Down” from the Grand Opening (2004)
Tajai – “Dedication” from Power Movement (2004)
SupremeEx & Tajai – “Meaning” from Nuntype (2005)
The Team – “Sunshine” from World Premiere (2005)
Amir Sulaiman – “They Don’t Know” from Like a Thief in the Night (2007)
Zion I – “Life’s Work” from Shadowboxing (2012)
Ben Williams – “Voice of Freedom” from Coming of Age (2015)