Musa Motha

SA amputee dancer Musa Motha on Britain’s Got Talent. Images via YouTube screenshot

‘BGT’ star Musa Motha gets hero’s welcome back to SA [video]

South Africa’s pride, Musa Motha, was celebrated upon arrival at the OR Tambo Airport for his sucessful journey on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Musa Motha

SA amputee dancer Musa Motha on Britain’s Got Talent. Images via YouTube screenshot

Loud singing, dancing and cheering was the order of the the day at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg when sensational amputee dancer Musa Motha arrived home on Saturday, 8 July.

The captivating dancer, who left audiences worldwide in awe of his talent with his performances on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), successfully reached the final of the UK show earlier this year.

He also made history on the talent search competition as the first contestant to receive a group golden buzzer.

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In a video by eNCA, friends and members of the Emfuleni Municipality celebrated Musa – who is from Sebokeng in Gauteng – for a successful journey in the show despite not winning it.

“I have learnt that people might forget what you said, people might also forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel, I won’t forget how yall made me feel. A huge thank you to South Africa for the warm welcome. I won’t forget this day in my entire life.

“Thanks to Emfuleni for their love and support, the minister’s office for making time to be present for my welcome. The list goes on and on, thank you so much.” he wrote on Instagram.


Since BGT, Musa was honoured at the 2023 National Dance Awards on 5 June at The Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill Gate, London.

The 27-year-old was presented with the Emerging Artist Award.

Earlier this month, he also won The Times Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London.

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Musa’s leg was amputated after he was diagnosed with a bone cancer called osteosarcoma in 2006

“It was not easy for my family but for me it was not really that deep because I was still young and I didn’t understand what cancer was,” he told TimesLIVE.

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Before then he played footballer, but later fell in love with music and learnt how to dance through his friends who would draw squares on the floor.

“I used my left crutch as my left leg and extended arm,” he told the outlet.

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Musa has won awards at dance competitions across SA, including the Gauteng Matjeko Dance Festival, Dance Against All Odds and the Red Bull Dance-Off.