The smiling face of Mo-T, aka Moshe Kgasoane, is known to most South Africans as the energetic and charismatic horn blower of top house band, Mi Casa.

It has been through the loss of so many of his personal heroes to the dreaded disease Cancer, including his own beloved father, that inspired Mo to launch the cancer awareness initiative, The Diphala Foundation.

With South African males being historically more reserved about their personal health issues, male-based cancers have been aggressively affecting some of our most important musical icons over the years. Hugh Masekela and Johnny Clegg were two legends whose passing deeply affected Mo and, with the Diphala Foundation, he aims to bring awareness to previously undisclosed cancer-related issues in the male community. This initiative is being supported through a series of ‘Blow Cancer Away’ black-tie music events, men’s health clinic affiliations and transparent fund-raising initiatives to kickstart 2021 into a positive gear.

Many South Africans are not aware of the profound musical heritage flowing through Mo-T’s bloodline. Having been born as a third generation horn player in a family of musicians from Alexandra Township, Mo was influenced by the rich tradition of brass musicians that came before him in his lineage.

The paternal influence in Mo-T runs deep, and for this reason, the Diphala Foundation and cancer awareness in general holds a special place in his heart.

Mo-T believes that being active and healthy can reduce ones chances of falling sick, as well as being humble, positive and making the best of each day. Above all else Mo believes that music is a great healer and putting a smile of peoples faces through song is what gets him up every day.