21 September 2021
Jaded is thoughtful and considered in his responses when we sit down to talk about his music and how he plans to carry this momentum to drive a meaningful and long-lasting career.
Thabang Fortune Nhlapho, who is professionally known as Jaded Gluck, was born in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, the son of Gcebile Nhlapho (his late mother) and was raised by his grandmother Nomvula Soko. Jaded Gluck has six siblings, Thembelihle (his sister), Mashaba (his sister), Nomcebo (his sister), Calvin (his brother) and Lucky (his brother). He attended Cebisa Secondary School, where he was an athlete and partook in various sports. 2021 is set to be a particularly special year for Jaded Gluck. In the 4 years since he decided to devote himself to his music, the South African artist has managed to consistently ship out hit after hit along with, while staying in tune with a cult-like fanbase that has driven the rapid growth of both his music and his credibility. He explains that his connection to the people who support him comes from a deeply personal place of understanding what it’s like to be them.“First and foremost, I know what it feels like to be a fan. With that knowledge, my approach to how I treat people comes from what I wish was treated like,” he shares candidly.
Jaded is thoughtful and considered in his responses when we sit down to talk about his music and how he plans to carry this momentum to drive a meaningful and long-lasting career. The he 21-year-old decided to move in Johannesburg in July 2021, and after 2 weeks he recorded a hit single with Mayestra (friend and roomate), called Madumane. He explains that if he had any chance of making it in the music industry, it was not going to take off for him in Ermelo. “Joburg is where it’s at, man. The fact that people are now starting to hear more of my music and what I can do, is a direct result of me deciding to stay over here”. Jaded Gluck lets us in on the fact that as of now, he is making beats and recording every single day. His breakout hit for 2021 was ushered in with the release of Madumane, a AmaPiano-fueled, heavy log drum, that flung him into the spotlight in a matter of days.