37-year-old family man, academic and award-winning singer, Loyiso Bala, and some of his closest friends and family celebrated his life at the lavish Aurelia restaurant in the heart of the East Rand of Johannesburg as Emperors Palace also celebrated its 20-year anniversary.


“I feel like I’m on my way,” Loyiso says. “I think if I was my 16-year-old self, looking at my 37-year-old self, would I be proud? Deciding to go back to study to make sure that I have some academic achievements by the time I’m 40 was probably the best move. It’s helped so much with my growth.” The father of two has also dedicated himself to the ministry and learning about God. “Just having grown in these two areas, in terms of physical knowledge and also my spiritual knowledge has really put me in a place where I’m so comfortable with myself and where I am right now.”

Guests included members of the legendary TKZee, as well as his wife, 41-year-old Jennifer Bala, who had the following birthday message: “Happy birthday, baby. It’s fun to watch you almost at the point where you’re going to join the 40s club. You are still a spring chicken and that’s why I love you. It’s been a blessing to be by your side and watch you grow and discover who you are and become the person that you are today.”

Loyiso Bala, and some of his closest friends and family celebrated his life at the lavish Aurelia restaurant in the heart of the East Rand of Johannesburg as Emperors Palace

Photographer: Yolanda van der Stoep