Magdalene Lesolebe, the Culture Spears front lady also going by the sobriquet, Charma-Gal in her Ekentolo hits, says she feels she was forced into marriage to be enslaved and trapped, so that she is unable to fight for her rights.
She claims the marriage was arranged in the backdrop of a turbulent time at Culture Spears, a time that needed her to fight the emerging dominance of one family in the group; but that fire was doused when she became a wife who was culturally expected to be submissive to her husband and in-laws. She regrets it.
Charma gal says the marriage to Culture Spears frontman Kabelo Mogwe had been preceded by a break up for three years, as well as bitter feud over business directions during the heydays of the hit album, Kulenyane, as Mogwe’s family members pushed the founding members into the periphery.
Charma-gal says that contrary to denials in the past, she and husband Kabelo Mogwe, both lead-singers in the band, have been separated over a year ago, as they wait for their divorce to be finalised.
She blames Kabelo also for his escapades with his female dancers, and claims she was referred to as mosadi-mogolo,”The Lerala born performer says the marriage to her Culture Spears colleague in 2011 came out of nowhere during a period in which she had romantically separated from the then boyfriend for three years.
Years leading to their marriage, Charma-gal says her would- be husband had been on a deliberate move to turn the highly successful band into a family affair; a Mogwe family affair; as early as 2007, when the band hits the high notes with their hit-song, Kulenyane.