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Goapele Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Goapele Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 65 kg
Date of Birth July 11, 1977
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Spouse Theo Rodrigues

Goapele is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. She has released albums and songs like Closer, Even CloserMilk & Honey, Change It AllBreak of DawnLove Me Right, Chocolate, DreamSeekerStrong as GlassFirst LoveGot ItUndertow, and Hey, Boy.

Born Name

Goapele Mohlabane

Nick Name


Goapele in Beverly Hills, California on June 25, 2015
Goapele in Beverly Hills, California on June 25, 2015 (Glenn Francis / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Oakland, California, United States


Oakland, California, United States





Goapele studied at Berkeley Arts Magnet School and there she led a pre-teen peer-support group. She also attended Berklee College of Music, where she concentrated on writing and recording songs.


Singer, Songwriter, Actor


  • Father – Douglas Mohlabane (Exiled Political Activist)
  • Mother – Noa
  • Siblings – Namane Mohlabane (Older Brother) (DJ, Musician)


R&B, Neo Soul, Trip Hop




  • Skyblaze Recordings (2001-2009)
  • Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings (2001)
  • Columbia Records (2002-2006)
  • Decon Records (2009-2011)
  • Jordan House/Primary Wave Music (Signed with the label in 2014)



Goapele in 2010
Goapele in 2010 (Pageofmusic2 / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)


5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


65 kg or 143.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Goapele has dated –

  1. Theo Rodrigues – She is married to Theo Rodrigues and they have been blessed with a daughter named Bahia Osun Rodrigues (b. May 2007).

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (Black and White)

Goapele is of South African descent on her father’s side and has Israeli Jewish roots on her mother’s side.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Dimpled smile

Brand Endorsements

She was a part of a TV commercial (long-form) for the Motorola V710 cell phone in 2004.

Goapele as seen in a selfie in June 2020
Goapele as seen in a selfie in June 2020 (Goapele / Instagram)

Goapele Facts

  1. She grew up in a California South African exile community.
  2. Her father struggled against the Apartheid System, a system of institutionalized racial segregation.
  3. Her New York-born mother met Goapele’s father while studying in Nairobi, Kenya.
  4. Goapele’s first name is pronounced as ‘gwah-puh-LAY’.
  5. Her name means ‘to move forward’ in Setswana, a Southern African language.
  6. Owing to her parents’ efforts to make Goapele get involved in community affairs at a young age, she soon became involved in various groups and organizations that combated racism and s*xism.
  7. Goapele released her debut studio album Closer on March 5, 2001, and it included songs like Childhood Drama, Closer, Catch 22Things Don’t ExistSalvationIt Takes More, and You.
  8. Her 3rd studio album titled Change It All was released on December 27, 2005, and it peaked at #2 on the US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) chart and at #32 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart.
  9. Goapele was honored by the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights with its first-ever Human Rights Cultural Hero Award on September 14, 2006, during the center’s 10th-anniversary celebration titled “Tribute to a Dream”.
  10. On October 25, 2011, she released her 4th studio album Break of Dawn (formerly titled Milk & Honey), after its first single, Milk & Honey, was leaked on the Internet on July 10, 2009.
  11. In 2012, Goapele made her first theatrical film appearance as the Girl Group Lead Singer in the musical film Sparkle, which stars Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tamela Mann, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, and CeeLo Green. Inspired by the female singing group The Supremes, the film is a remake of the 1976 film of the same title.
  12. In May 2016, she was cast as Teacher in an episode titled Sick Mann of the sitcom Mann & Wife.

Featured Image by Glenn Francis / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

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