It’s just after 9 p.m. on a Saturday and Masego, clothed in a Han Kjøbenhavn tracksuit the color of champagne, reclines in the back of a black Sprinter. Even though he complains that it’s too warm he looks the very definition of cozy. His proclivity for Danish designer duds is the antithesis of the glitter, mesh, and spandex favored by the crowd of 20,000 plus camping out in Bakersfield, California, for this year's Lightning in a Bottle Festival. Masego isn’t the camping type -- he’s here to make the people dance.
In the year since the release of his debut studio album, Lady Lady, dancing crowds have been a constant while he lives his life on the road. “I travel more than anybody I know,” the 25-year-old says. Just a few weeks ago, he was in Johannesburg to headline the Ultimate Backyard Flavour Chillas, a festival he was forced to pull out of last year. A few weeks before that, he was traveling across Asia with his band.
“They haven’t really traveled to a lot [of areas], so the inspiration of being new places has been coming out during sound check," he says. "We’ve literally been making full songs during sound check, and that’s been dope." Last week, the multi-hyphenate talent -- he plays 34 instruments -- celebrated the second anniversary of his FKJ-featured single “Tadow” with the release of its long-awaited music video. “Tadow,” like much of his music, was created during an impromptu jam session that yielded gold.