In a review of her opera Jean-Joseph the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter called Tebogo Monnakgotla "one of the most prominent Swedish composers of her generation". Her career took off after she, still a student at the Royal College of Music, won Prize of recommendation in International Rostrum of Composers, the European broadcasting unions competition in contemporary music. Later that year she was selected the Swedish radios composer in residence, a position she held for two years.
Tebogo Monnakgotla was born and raised in Uppsala. At the age of ten, Tebogo started to play the cello in the town music school. 1994 she started to study composing and cello-playing at Piteå college of music, in 1999 continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, were she finished her postgraduate diploma studies in 2006.
Tebogo Monnakgotla has composed mostly for orchestra and chamber-ensemble but has lately been focusing on opera, with a recent piece - Jean-Joseph - for the Royal Opera in Stockholm and other stage works in progress with, amongst others, Swedish poet Athena Farrokzhad. Monnakgotla is currently writing a piece for baritone Luthando Qave and The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, which will be premiered at Örebro Concert hall the 3rd of March 2018.
Tebogo Monnakgotla is especially fond of using poetry in her music and this has led to a longer co-operation with poet Li Li. She also worked with poetry by, Oliveira Silveira, late Malagasies poet Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo and others.