Singer Brenda Mtambo has finished backing vocals for a bunch of South African musical stars. In truth, she has sung with pretty much every artist worth citing: Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai, Jonas Gwangwa — the list rolls on.
She was an necessary a part of the hugely a success Joyous Celebration gospel ensemble and, as a travelling singer, she were given to look large chunks of the world.
Now it is time for Mtambo to claim her space. Her first album is referred to as Inspired and is launched via Joyous Records. She launched the album in Sandton on Thursday night time.
The wonder is this gospel label has released a merely Afro-soul jazz identify without a non secular message.
Mtambo changed into born in Umlazi, outdoor Durban, wherein she became schooled, later attending the then University of Durban-Westville to study for a BCom in accounting.
She got here to Johannesburg to complete her research and, as soon as there, joined Joyous Celebration — a move that positioned an quit to her workplace existence.
What is your excellent united states inside the global?
I have been to Germany, Kenya, Australia — anywhere, truely — almost 10 nations over seven years, but my pleasant location must be Fiji because I had a great time there. People are so welcoming and so loving. The target market was huge — about five 000 human beings got here to look us. It changed into a solo live performance by means of Lira and we had been invited with the aid of the South African embassy on that side.
What is awful about the tune enterprise in the meanwhile?
I do now not think there may be some thing bad as such, but I actually have realised that too many artists produce a sure style of tune because of what works [commercially]. There are developments that people inside the enterprise comply with. When kwaito is trending, absolutely everyone wants to do kwaito. Now anybody desires to do residence. But with my album, I desired to comply with my heart.
What are the strengths of the South African music industry?
Its originality. We must include who we are, embrace our own element. We are Africans; we're in South Africa. We are a various united states. We must cater to everybody in South Africa; we must embrace our personal.
Who is a robust performer in your opinion?
Thandiswa Mazwai. The female is phenomenal.
Where do you experience putting out?
I am not a party person. I love being interior. I can have a very good celebration simply being at domestic. I stay in Northriding, Johannesburg, and there is not anything to do there, sincerely. But when I do go out, my exceptional restaurant is Tashas in Rosebank. Sushi in Sandton is likewise a favorite. I also enjoy being in Newtown because I love stay music.
Do you have a valid device on your vehicle?
Yes, but it is not the largest. I love to concentrate to Asa, the Nigerian singer. I play Lizz Wright; I play Lalah Hathaway. I like them divas.
When you want to get out of Jo’burg, wherein do you cross?
If I had money, I could have a residence in Cape Town. I move there on vacation, or when I am performing there, they e book me across the Waterfront.
What is the last film you believe you studied that blew you away?
There is a film through Tyler Perry about marriage, more about love basically. I am a sucker for romance. I do not watch some thing else, honestly. My heart cannot handle the heavy stuff.
When you are consuming, what do you cross for?
Red wine: Merlot, shiraz or a pinotage.
If you are snacking, are you ingesting cheese or chocolate?
Not chocolate. I do cheese, with crackers. But I snack on chips. I have my moments. Some days once I am finished, I simply purchase myself quite a few junk.
Do you've got a cleaning soap opera you follow on TV?
I love leisure, so I will move for Vuzu, or E-leisure, simply to loosen up. I am no longer a soap follower due to the fact I am hardly ever home, but I watch Generations every so often.
Are you unmarried, or married with youngsters?
I am unmarried. I may get myself a canine, or some thing, simply to keep me agency.
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