Refilwe Boingotlo Mooketsi (born October 23, 1991), professionally and popularly known as Fifi Cooper is a South African recording artist. Fifi Cooper started her music career as an R&B singer before her musical versatility saw her release her breakthrough rap single "Chechella Morao" in 2010. In 2015, she released her award-winning debut studio album 20FIFI.
|Birth name||Refilwe Boingotlo Mooketsi|
October 23, 1991 |
Montshiwa, Mahikeng, North West, South Africa
|Genres||Motswako, R&B, hip hop|
Early life and educationEdit
Fifi Cooper was the last of three children in Montshiwa, Mahikeng, South Africa, where she had her early education and also harnessed her ability in singing and dancing. She completed her secondary school education at Batswana High School, Mahikeng and her higher education at Boston Media House where she studied Media.
2008–2014: Early beginningsEdit
Fifi Cooper began singing at the age of 8 while in primary school; participating in various social extra-curricula activities. She professionally started her music career in 2008 when she made a guest appearance on Mo'Molemi's Motzamai: Rebel With a Pause album. Her breakthrough however came in 2010 following the release of a single titled "Chechella Morao", a rap song that received massive airplay and did well to gain her new grounds in the South African music industry. Fifi Cooper also made vocal appearances in the remix of AKA's "Baddest" single, Mo'Molemi's album titled Asia, Khuli Chana's Lost in Time and Lection's Gentlemen's Club.
In 2015, Fifi Cooper signed a recording contract with Ambitiouz Entertainment, a South Africa-based record label. In early 2015, she released an AB Crazy-produced song titled "Kisses". The music video for "Kisses" was directed by Dino Benedetti and was released on Youtube on 24 May 2015.
On 13 November 2015, Fifi Cooper released 20FIFI, her debut studio album which won her three categories at the 15th Metro FM Music Awards and further earned her nominations in the "Best Newcomer of The Year" and "Best Female Artist of The Year" categories at the 2nd edition of the South African Music Awards. On February 2017, Fifi Cooper departed from Ambitiouz Entertainment along with A-Reece and the hip hop duo "B3nchMarQ".
Regarded by the local media as the "Motswako first lady", Fifi Coopers' musical versatility can see her rap and sing. Credited as the vocalist on Khuli Chana's hit single "Mnatebawen", she does the hip hop and Motswako genres of music. In an interview with YoMzansi, Fifi Cooper describes her style of rap as "unpredictable, punchy and hearty".
Fifi Cooper is a single mother. She has a son named Resego.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||15th Metro FM Music Awards||Best Newcomer||Herself||Won|||
|Best Produced Album||20FIFI||Won|||
|Best Female Album||Won|||
|2016||22nd South African Music Awards||Newcomer of the Year||Herself||Nominated|||
|Female Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
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- "Shocker! Top rappers Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq and A Reece Leave Ambitiouz". The Citizen. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "Breaking!!! Fifi Cooper, B3nchMarQ And A -Reece Leaves Ambitiouz Ent… Fifi Unveils Own Record Label". ZATrends. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
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- "Emtee, Fifi Cooper, Nathi win big at Metro FM Awards". The Chronicle. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
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