Eli Zaelo

Multilingual Artist - South Africa and Hong Kong
Eli Zaelo Multilingual Musician


About Eli Zaelo

Eli Zaelo (Born Tshegofatso Kgomotso Mhlongo) is a multilingual artist from Pretoria South Africa. Eli sings in English, South African languages-isiZulu and SeTswana, as well as in Mandarin and Cantonese.

She got her start as an actress at the young age of 18 when she had her first made for TV lead role in the movie, “The Love of my life” which aired on Mzansi Magic throughout the Southern African region. She has since starred in seven films for the channel. At the age of 19, she went to study Vocal Performance under the music department at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California USA.

In 2015, At the age of 22 she landed the role of Nala in Hong Kong Disneyaland’s “Festival of The Lion King”, to which she stayed on for a year and a half. A few months into arriving back to her native, South Africa, she started taking Mandarin-Chinese lessons with a tutor from Taiwan who taught her “Tian Mi Mi” by Teresa Teng. This was a destiny encounter. Eli then moved back to Hong Kong in early 2018 to teach Drama and Musical theatre at various centres while learning more Chinese covers. In 2021 she released her first singles, “Human” an uptempo house/ afropop tune in English and isiZulu, as well as a soft rock ballad 愛情故事 (Stories about love) in Mandarin. Her journey into stepping out as a multilingual artist saw her being featured in various publications such as South China Morning Post, BBC, CNN, TVB Jade,TVB Pearl, France 24 and The Hub Beijing to name a few.

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She then boarded the Genting Dream Cruise ship for the Christmas Festive period in November-December of 2021. Most recently, she was a half time performer at the 2022 Hong Kong Rugby 7s, as well as the official performing artist representing South Africa at the “International Ethnic Cultural Performances Festival 2022” hosted by the Leisure and Cultural Department of Hong Kong. Notably, Eli has performed at a number of events across the board, including five star hotels(The Peninsula, Rosewood, Intercontinental,island Shangrila) , Official Government events and weddings in Hong Kong, South Africa, Pasadena California, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand.

Eli Zaelo’s passion is to bridge the gap and to connect the world through music. This will be further showcased in her debut double album set to be released mid 2023. One in English and South African languages (SeTswana and isiZulu). The other on Cantonese and Mandarin. This is spearheaded by her lead single, an Afro-house tune performed in English and isiZulu, featuring members of Tswane Youth Gospel choir. A vibrant song that speaks of the promise of the dawning of a new day- “The Sun” on 9th May 3023.p>

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