MUSIC WORLD OF SOUTH AFRICANS
#. Amanda Black
manda Benedicta Antony (born July 24, 1993), popularly known by her stage name Amanda Black, is a South African singer-songwriter and recording artist who achieved recognition in 2016 following the release of her hit single “Amazulu”, which was nominated in several music awards. Her debut studio album Amazulu was certified platinum three weeks after its release. She is presently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment since 2016
Amanda Benedicta Antony is Xhosa. She was born on July 24, 1993 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa and grew up in Butterworth, Eastern Cape where she spent most of her early life. The songstress later moved to Port Elizabeth where she completed her high school studies at Kabega Christian School, Port Elizabeth before she proceeded to further her education at at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she studied Music Education.
Candis Angelene is a South African singer. Her debut album Ancient Light Reached number 4 on the Classic FM (South Africa) chart.n 2009, Angelene launched her debut album Ancient Light. The album received rave reviews.The April 2010 of the South African Oprah Magazine said “With its calm and soothing spirit, this album will be welcome respite after a long day”
July 21, 1975 (age 41)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Crossover Classical Music
Joyce Barker (6 June 1931 – 23 May 1992) was a South African soprano.
Joyce Barker was born in Mooi Rivier, a small town in Natal. At the age of nineteen she started training for a professional career with Daisy Holmes in Durban. She won the Ernest Whitcutt Memorial Cup three years in succession and earned three different scholarships in support of her musical education. One of these was awarded by the Royal Schools of Music. With that scholarship and another awarded by the NSAM (Natal Society for the Advancement of Music), she continued her vocal training in London for three years. She made her professional debut in the United Kingdom in 1954 at the Canterbury Festival where she sang the soprano part in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah.
In 1956, she became the first winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and left the United Kingdom for Europe, where she studied with Maria Hittorff, Paula Köhler, Borishka Gereb, Mario and Katerina Baziola for voice production, and Edouardo Pedrazolli for opera. In 1959, she wone the Gold Medal at the International Concours de Chant, as well as several other awards during this period of her life.
Returning to the UK, she performed in several productions with Sadlers Wells and at the Royal Opera House which included major roles in Götterdämmerung and Die Walküre (Wagner), Mefistofele (Boito), and I Lombardi, Nabucco andAida (Verdi). She also performed in Ireland for one season with roles in The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), and La bohème (Puccini). During this period she also sang in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Nielsen’sSaul og David.
Barker returned to South Africa in 1963 where she continued her singing career in opera, oratorio and cantatas for the four provincial arts councils as well as in broadcast media. She made additional guest appearances at the Royal Opera House in the 1970s.
Joyce Barker died in Johannesburg on 23 May 1992.
Katarina Boshoff(born 8 October 1980 as Katarina Cristina Boshoff) is aSouth African folk pop singer and pianist based in Cape Town.
Boshoff was born in Stellenbosch, and holds dual citizenship in South Africaand Spain. She began playing piano at the age of 12, and received her first recording contract at the age of 18. Katarina is partly South African, partlyDutch.
Boshoff released her debut single, “I’m only human” in 1999. The single topped the South African National Campus Charts. It spent 9 weeks on the South African National Top 40 Charts, where it peaked at the number six position. In 2000 she followed the single with her debut album, This is me.
(Liza Bronner) is an Afrikaans singer and songwriter. Her debut album, Onderstebo was released on 21 September 2009 by EMI. This album has been repacked on 29 March 2010 with four new songs asAsemloos and also released by EMI. Her third album, Vir eers is dit net ek…was released on 1 September 2011 by HIT Records. In May 2013, Liza won the reality program searching for a replacement actor for the stage production (musical) Liefling. She plays the lead role across from Bobby van Jaarsveld playing Jan in the musical.
After nearly two years of performances and promotional work with her previous CD “Vir eers is dit net ek” is 2Brothers Entertainment excited to tell everyone about Liza Bronner’s new CD “Jy het my gevind”. “Jy het my gevind” is not only the title of her new CD, but means a lot to Liza… It’s a new beginning, a new era in her career.
December 2014 – “Liefling” theatre production at the Teatro, Montecasino. The first “Afrikaans” musical playing at the Teatro. Liza is playing the role of “Liefling” again opposite Bobby van Jaarsveld.
Adrienne ‘Adie’ Camp, née Liesching (born 12 July 1981) is a singer and songwriter, who is known as the lead singer of the Christian pop-rock bandThe Benjamin Gate before the group disbanded in 2003. She briefly contributed to other artist’s albums, namely her duet with rapper John Reuben featured on his album Professional Rapper and her background vocals on husband Jeremy Camp’s albums Restored and Live Unplugged, after The Benjamin Gate disbanded.
She now works under the name “Adie” and released her debut solo albumDon’t Wait on 26 September 2006. The album was co-produced by her husband Jeremy Camp. Her song “Your Way” climbed into the Top 15 on R&R Magazine’s Christian chart in May 2007. Her second release, titled “Just You and Me”, was released in March 2010.
Louise Carver (born 10 January 1979) is a South African folk rock singer-songwriter and pianist.
Carver was born in Cape Town, and holds dual citizenship in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She began playing piano at the age of 11, and received her first recording contract at the age of 15. She matriculated at the Rustenburg School for Girls, matriculating in 1996. She earned an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and
Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2002.Carver released her first single, It Don’t Matter (1996) when she was 17. The single topped the South African National Campus Charts. It spent 11 weeks on the South African National Top 40 Charts, where it peaked at the number three position. At age 18 she followed the single with her debut album, Mirrors and Windows (1998).
First for Women, a South African insurance company, sponsored Carver’s 2008 Home Tour.
#.Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka (born Yvonne Machaka in 1965) is an internationally recognised and highly respected South African singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” (a name she received after a 1990 tour), Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 27 years and has been popular inZimbabwe, Kenya, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “Thank You Mister DJ”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Yvonne’s stardom. The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.
As a young performer Yvonne was the first Black child to appear on South African television in 1981. Since then, she has shared the stage with persons such as Bono, Angelique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Youssou N’Dour, the classic rock band Queen and South Africans Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, to name a few. She has performed for HRM Queen Elizabeth II, US President Bill Clinton, South African President Thabo Mbeki And a host of other world leaders.
Yvonne is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa, and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has also established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award.
She teaches literacy part-time at the University of South Africa, sits on several boards of charitable organisations and NGOs, and serves on the board of the Johannesburg Tourism Company.
#.Filipa Carmo da Silva
Filipa is a South African singer and songwriter. She gained wide recognition for winning the RyanSeacrest.com’s cover song competition for her rendition of One Direction’s song, “Story of My Life”. After five rounds, Filipa won the competition with her Pearl Harbor-themed music video directed by Kyle White ahead of UK The X Factor twins Jedward who were runners-up and USA The X Factor finalist Josh Levi, who came third.
This provided her with a global platform to release her debut single Chills in May 2014.
No stranger to live performance and in tribute to her Mediterranean roots, Filipa was asked to sing the Portuguese national anthem at the Portugal – Mozambique friendly during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup; in front of no less than 30 000 people.
Filipa has spent much of her time since 2014 working with songwriters and producers in the US, including Grammy-Award winning songwriter Pam Sheyne (best known for Christiana Aguilera’s global hit, “Genie in a Bottle”), who she collaborated with for her own hit single, Little White Lie. Released in 2016, Little White Lie quickly climbed the iTunes and South African radio charts.
She has also spent time developing her own unique sound, as well as pushing her musical boundaries to grow as an artist while studying online towards a BA degree in the Liberal Arts.
Birth name Filipa Alexandra Carmo da Silva
Also known as Filipa
Born 1995 (age 21–22)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active 2008 to present
Labels Haven Music
Simphiwe Dana (born in 1980 in Gcuwa is a Xhosa Singer and songwriter in South Africa. Due to her unique combination of Jazz, Afro-soul, RAP and Traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba.Simphiwe was born in 1980 in Gcuwa, Transkei, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Her father was a preacher and as she grew up she heard church music in both choral and gospel forms.
She schooled at the Vela Private School in Mthatha, where she matriculated in 1997.
Her tertiary education pursued her interests in graphic design, and she successfully studied for her National Diploma in IT at the Wits Technikon, Johannesburg.From 2002, she sang in small clubs in Johannesburg where she began attracting attention.
She made a major impact in South Africa with the release in 2004 of Zandisile. The album sold very well and gained several awards, including some South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2005. On its worldwide release the album gained success in the Billboard charts and she won an AVO Session Basel Award.
Sasha-Lee Davids born in Atlantis, Western Cape, South Africa is a singer and the 2009 co-winner of South African Idols season 5 alongside Jason Hartman. She is also the winner of the 2008 reality TV show “Matrix” season 2.
Sasha-Lee Davids was originally declared the sole winner after singing the winner’s song “True Believer”. But apparently there had been a mix-up with late votes arriving after the cutoff time on the night of the finale. The SMS messages had been sent before the cutoff time but were only received after the deadline. M-Net made the public aware of the matter within a day and assured everyone that a recount of the votes would be done as soon as possible.
The re-count showed that Jason Hartman, the then runner-up was actually the winner, with 1.3 million votes, or 54% of the total. Sasha-Lee had come second, with 1.1 million votes, or 46%. M-Net decided however that “200,000 votes are not significant enough, and the results so close, the only fair thing to do under the circumstances is to declare a tie”.
Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi (born 5 February 1990), also known by her stage name Toya Delazy, is a South African singer, pianist, dancer and performer from KwaZulu-Natal. She released 2 albums under Sony Music Africa. Delazy was nominated in the Best International Act (Africa) category at the 2013 BET Awards. Her debut studio album, Due Drop, was supported by the singles “Pump It On”, “Love Is in the Air”, “Are You Gonna Stay?”, “Heart” and
“Memoriam”. Following the release of her debut studio album, Delazy took home the awards for Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album at the 2013 SAMAs. She made a major impact on South African top 40 radio with the release of her aforementioned singles.
- Background information
- Birth name Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi
- Born 5 February 1990 (age 27)
- eMahlabathini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Origin Durban, South Africa
- Genres Jazz, electro, hip hop, punk
- Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dancer, performer
- Instruments Piano
- Years active 2011–present
- Labels Delazy Entertainment, Sony Music Africa (former)
- Associated acts Jax Panik, Teargas, The Soil
Dilana Robichaux (born 10 August 1972) is a South African singer, songwriter, and performer who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is best known as the runner-up contestant on the CBS reality television show Rock Star: Supernova. She was the lead singer for Tracii Guns’ version of L.A. Guns for a brief period in 2011.Dilana Jansen van Vuuren was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10 August 1972. Her surname changed to Smith when she was about two years old, when her mother married her stepfather, and he adopted her. Dilana used singing as an escape from an unpleasant home scene, participating in school choir competitions and festivals, as well as church choir and fondue parties.
When the opportunity presented itself, Dilana dropped everything and started performing full-time, from a travelling duo, to a mixture of bands in South Africa and the Netherlands. Moving to the Netherlands, she formed her own band, focusing more on original works and becoming one of the country’s highest paid live performers.
Recording her first album Wonderfool in 2000 led to four music videos, five singles and well over 200 gigs. She also sang the title tracks for two major motion pictures and performed in a festival in Belgium supporting Joe Cocker and Stuff, K’s Choice and Heather Nova to a crowd of more than 100,000 people. Dilana also performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with Dutch performers.
#.Lesley Rae Dowling
Lesley Rae Dowling is a South African singer-songwriter.
Lesley Rae Dowling was discovered in Stellenbosch in 1980 by artist manager Paddy Lee Thorpe. She released her first single (The Spaniard / Grips of Emotion) and album (Lesley Rae Dowling) in 1981. Many of her albums have been produced and co-written (and accompanied) by Tully McCully. Her music has won many South African music awards, including various Sarie (South African Recording Industry) awards, several SAMA awards, 3M Scotty awards, and an FNB SAMA award.
She declined the opportunity in the early 1980s to go international, as the cultural boycott of South Africa during the late apartheid era meant she would need to live in Ireland for six months a year, something she was not prepared to do.
She has a well-known love/hate relationship with the music industry, and has never been comfortable with public performances. She lives on her farm, “De Groote Zalze” near Stellenbosch.
#.Juanita du Plessis
Juanita du Plessis (née Naude) is a famous Afrikaans singer, born on 26 April in Windhoek, Namibia. She became known for her song Ska-Rumba. Du Plessis’ singing career began in 1998 with her debut album Juanita. That year she won the CMA (Country Music Association in Namibia) awards as best singer, best songwriter and the Association’s Award for outstanding achievement.
The total sales to date of all her albums sum up to 2,400 000. In 2010 she received a SAMA award in the category Best Afrikaans DVD for her 10 Year Hit Celebration Production. The DVD contains her most successful hits over the first 10 years of her singing career. She was also crowned the most popular female artist for the seventh consecutive year at the Huisgenoot’s Tempo Awards ceremony in Johannesburg during 2011.
Brenda Nokuzola Fassie (3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) was a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she was sometimes described as the “Queen of African Pop” or the “Madonna of The Townships” or simply as The Black Madonna. Her bold stage antics earned a reputation for “outrageousness”.
Fassie was born in Langa, Cape Town, as the youngest of nine children. She was named after the American singer Brenda Lee. Her father died when she was two, and with the help of her mother, a pianist, she started earning money by singing for tourists.
In 1981, at the age of 16, she left Cape Town for Soweto, Johannesburg, to seek her fortune as a singer. Fassie first joined the vocal group Joy (filling in for one of the members who was on maternity leave) and later became the lead singer for a township music group called Brenda and the Big Dudes. She had a son, Bongani, in 1985 by a fellow Big Dudes musician. She married Nhlanhla Mbambo in 1989 but divorced in 1991. Around this time she became addicted to cocaine and her career suffered.
On the morning of 26 April 2004, Fassie collapsed at her home in Buccleuch, Gauteng, and was admitted into a hospital inSunninghill. The press were told that she had suffered cardiac arrest, but later reported that she had slipped into a coma brought on by an asthma attack. The post-mortem report revealed that she had taken an overdose of cocaine on the night of her collapse, and this was the cause of her coma. She stopped breathing and suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen. Fassie was visited in the hospital by Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki, and her condition was front-page news in South African papers. She died aged 39 on 9 May 2004 in hospital without returning to consciousness after her life support machines were turned off. According to the South African Sunday Times and the managers of her music company, the post-mortem report also showed that she was HIV-positive. Her manager, Peter Snyman, denied this aspect of the report.Her family, including her long-term partner, were at her side when she died.
Deborah Fraser is a gospel legend who started as a backing singer in 1985 & recorded her own album in 2000 tittled Abanye bayombona. The album has sold over 700 000 copies. Uhambo is her latest 10th album with 14 spirit moving songs including hit song Ngeke ngiyeke ukuthandaza. 
She is a winner of the first SABC Crown Gospel Music award in the Best Female Artist category, among other awards SAMA for best gospel, Metro award for best gospel & Kora for best gospel artist.
#.Perla Siedle Gibson
erla Siedle Gibson was a South African soprano and artist who became internationally celebrated during the Second World War as the Lady in White, when she sang troopships in and out of Durban harbour.
Gibson was born in Durban in 1888, the daughter of Otto Siedle, a prominent local shipping agent, businessman and musician of German extraction. In the early twentieth century she studied music and art in Europe and the US, and gave recitals in London and New York. Her youngest brother was Jack Siedle, the South African Test cricketer.
During World War 2 Durban was an extremely busy waystation for convoys of ships en route to the fronts in North Africa and the Far East. Gibson became famous among thousands of Allied troops when she serenaded them as their ships passed in and out.
#.Tanya van Graan
Tanya van Graan (born 13 December 1983) is a South African actress, singer and model. She is known for her roles in Zulu and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, and for being FHM’s Sexiest Woman at the 2007 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World bash held in Johannesburg.
In addition to appearances in South African productions, she appeared in the science fiction film Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, by Edward Neumeier, as Sgt. A. Sunday, alongside Jolene Blalock and Casper Van Dien.
In 2010, she starred in the horror comedy Lost Boys: The Thirst as Lily, alongside Tanit Phoenix and Corey Feldman. In the same year she played the role of Holly in the action movie Death Race 2 and worked again with Tanit Phoenix in front of the camera as well as its sequel, Death Race: Inferno, released in 2013. In the movie, Graan played the character Amber and stood as before, in addition to Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames before the camera. All three films of the Death Race series were released as Direct-to-DVD.
In 2013, Tara van Graan starred in the role of Tara the thriller movie Zulu of Jérôme Salle, alongside Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker.
Roxane Hayward (born Roxane Josephine Hayward, 7 May 1991) is a South African film and television actress. She has appeared in numerous South African, British and American television shows which include Leonardo (TV series) for CBBC and Beaver Falls (TV series) for E4 as well as feature films, including Death Race 3: Inferno, produced by Universal Pictures.
In 2015, Hayward played the role of Susanna White in the Nat Geo scripted two-part movie event Saints and Strangers, produced by Sony Pictures Television, which premiered in November 2015. In June 2015, Roxane completed filming on the Action/Thriller feature film Accident, set to premiere in 2016, in which she plays a lead role. Hayward was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to parents who supported her decision to take on acting as a career.She started her theatrical training at the age of six along with dancing, singing and piano lessons. She joined her first acting agency at six year old and then booked her first television commercial. After high school, Hayward started studying drama, dancing and musical theatre.
Lizé Heerman is a South African-born singer-songwriter, Supersport presenter, radio DJ and a finalist of the fifth season Idols South Africa. She currently lives in Australia, and recently appeared as a contestant on The Voice.
Lizé Heerman was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa. She grew up in Durban, South Africa. Her junior school started inJohannesburg until her family relocated to Durban where she attended school at Crawford College La Lucia. She excelled at running and cycling. At age 11 she was placed first overall in her age group in the Cape Argus Pick’n Pay Cycle Tour. Heerman attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa and attained a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Herholdt was born in the small Gauteng mining village of Nigel and at the age of three made her first singing performance at the local community recreation hall, singing the Afrikaans lullaby Slaap, my Kindjie.
She attended the Afrikaans-medium Tienie Vorster Primary and John Vorster High School where she became Head Girl in both and followed her theatrical pursuits.
She later obtained a diploma cum laude in Teaching after three years at the Johannesburg (Goudstad) College of Education. She gave up teaching to pursue music after meeting her future husband, FC Hamman. The couple married in 1976 and started a family, their youngest son later developed an extreme hearing impairment in 1993. Herholdt subsequently decided to start a school for hearing and linguistically impaired Afrikaans children, this was housed in the pre-primary section of Bryanston Primary School. This resulted in Herholdt returning to teach for a period of time.
In 1996, Herholdt was involved in a serious car accident. She and her husband subsequently divorced after 21 years of marriage.
In collaboration with Carel Cronjé, she released her autobiography in 2007 Sonja: Meisie van Nigel. Later that year she was injured in a robbery on the way home from Cronjé’s Johannesburg home. Born in British Columbia to a father from South Africa and a mother from theUnited Kingdom, Ibrahim spent her childhood as what she describes as a “citizen of the world”, living at different times in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, France and Lebanon. Her father, Zane Ibrahim, was a pioneering radio broadcaster in South Africa, who was one of the founders of the influential community radio station Bush Radio.
She moved to Toronto, Ontario in the mid-2000s, and soon became a popular draw on the city’s live music scene. She released her debut EP, Shö (Iqra in Orange), in 2006. Following one show at the El Mocambo in 2007, her production team and supporting musicians immediately formed an assembly line to produce and burn a compact disc recording of the just-completed show for immediate sale; the lineup to purchase copies extended well outside the club’s front door.
She released a second EP, Eclectica (Episodes in Purple), in 2008. Her live shows to support the EP included an appearance with Bedouin Soundclashat the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards, and a show opening for Erykah Badu at Massey Hall. She garnered a Juno Awardnomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2009 for her single “Money”. Her song “Ansomnia” was included in the 2010 film soundtrack For Colored Girls: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Her first full-length album, Every Opposite, was released in 2012. The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013, and subsequently named to the short list on July 16, 2013.
She is currently based in Cape Town.
Sybil Jason (born Sybil Jacobson; 23 November 1927 – 23 August 2011) was a South African-born American motion-picture child actress who, in the late 1930s, was presented as a rival to Shirley Temple.Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she began playing the piano at age two and, a year later, began making public appearances doing impersonations of Maurice Chevalier. She was introduced to the theatre-going public of London by way of her uncle, Harry Jacobson, a then-popular London orchestra leader and also pianist to Gracie Fields. The apex of her career came with a concert performance with Frances Day at London’s Palace Theatre. Jason’s theatre work led to appearances on radio and phonograph records, and a supporting role in the film Barnacle Bill (1935).
Irving Asher, the head of Warner Bros.’ London studio, saw Jason’s performance in Barnacle Bill and subsequently arranged for her to make a screen test for the studio. The test was a success, resulting in Warner Bros. signing her to a contract. Her American film debut came as the lead in Little Big Shot (1935), directed by Michael Curtiz and co-starring Glenda Farrell, Robert Armstrong, and Edward Everett Horton. Jason followed this with supporting roles opposite some of Warner Bros. most popular stars, including Kay Francis in I Found Stella Parish (1935), Al Jolson in The Singing Kid(1936), Pat O’Brien and Humphrey Bogart in The Great O’Malley (1937), and again with Kay Francis in Comet Over Broadway (1938). Warners also starred her in The Captain’s Kid (1937), and four Vitaphone two-reelers filmed in Technicolor: Changing of the Guard, A Day at Santa Anita, Little Pioneer, and The Littlest Diplomat.
#.Sathima Bea Benjamin
Beatrice “Sathima Bea” Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013) was a South African vocalist and composer, based for nearly 45 years in New York City.
She was born Beatrice Bertha Benjamin in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa. As an adolescent, she first performed popular music in talent contests at the local cinema (bioscope) during the intermission. By the 1950s she was singing at various nightclubs, community dances and social events, performing with notable Cape Town pianists Tony Schilder and Henry February, among others. She built her repertoire watching British and American movies and transcribing lyrics from songs heard on the radio, where she discovered Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald. These musicians would come to influence her singing style, notably in terms of light phrasing and clear diction.
At age 21, she joined Arthur Klugman’s traveling show, Coloured Jazz and Variety, on a tour of South Africa. When the production failed, she found herself stranded in Mozambique, where she met South African saxophonist Kippie Moeketsi. In 1959, she returned to Cape Town’s now thriving jazz scene, where she met pianist Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim), whom she would marry in 1965. In that same year she recorded what would have been the first jazz LP in South Africa’s history. Entitled My Songs for You, with accompaniment by Ibrahim’s trio, the recording of mostly standards was never released.
Claire Johnston (b. 16 December 1967) is the lead singer of Mango Groove. Although born in the south of England, she has lived in South Africa for most of her life. At the age of ten, she debuted as an actor, dancer, and singer in a Johannesburg production of the musical Annie. At age 17, during her final year of high school, she joined the crossover band Mango Groove, and has come to be recognized as a symbol of the Rainbow Nation. For a time she was married to Mango Groove founder John Leyden.She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Despite a busy concert schedule, she completed a degree in English, Philosophy, and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1988.
Jozia was born in 1991 in Daveyton, a township near Johannesburg. After Highschool she worked in Cape Town to fund her music studies that she eventually started in 2015 at COPA in Johannesburg. At this time, she had already recorded dozens of songs on her mobile phone, based on vocal improvisations and instrumental loops. In 2015 she was invited toSwitzerland to record her songs at morph2 Recording Studio in Zurich where she was working together with Dutch Guitarist Jordi Kemperman and British Sound Engineer Nigel Hilbourne. After releasing her debut EP At Last with the German music label RecordJet, she performed her first few gigs in Switzerland and the Netherlands, including at Openair Literature Festival Zurich.
In March 2017, she released her first full album entitled Mamokebe, recorded with Kevin Leicher at Darkstar Studio in Johannesburg and produced by the Swiss-based Foundation Society of Arts. The release was accompanied by four music videos, filmed in various places in the USA, Mexico, Europe and Africa.
Naima Kay (born in 1991 in Bomela Clinic Port Shepstone ) is a South African Afro-Jazz sensational singer discovered by Touch Africa Records at the Jazz festival.
Naima Kay (Lungile Khumalo) born by Ntombi khumalo in 1991 at Bomela Clinic in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. is an Afro-Jazz sensational singer in South Africa, When she left school she worked as a teller at the post office where she generated stable income to financially assist her grandmother, who had raised her since the death of both her parents while she was still in primary school. While there she also wrote songs, and after a few years she went for auditions for the Durban Jazz Festival.
She schooled at the Ingwemabala Comp High, where she matriculated.
Kerry Lee is an Afrikaans singer with a Modern Country sound.
- Lee was born on 15 November 1989 in Durban. Her debut album “Vou Jou Arms Om My” recorded by Anton Botha was released in 2010.
- In 2009 she sang the theme song for “Love & Mortar” on DSTV channel 182, followed by the theme song for “Street Rods Africa” in 2010.
- In 2012 Lee released a new single “Met Ringe en Woorde””. This song was a hit on radio stations in South Africa.
- In 2013 Lee and Hugo Ludik, founder of the South African group ADAM and director of Muse Productions, released two singles “Shut Up en Soen My” &”Kaalvoet Boerseun”.
- Lee and songwriters Vaughn Gardiner and Roux Cloete released the album “Dans in die Reën”.
Kelly Khumalo is a South African superstar singer and actress. Khumalo is from Spruitview in the East Rand. She was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit. In May 2013, at the 19th South African Music Awards (SAMA) held at Sun City, she won the Best Female Artist award.
Speaking out about having been in an abusive relationship, in 2012 she became an advocate against domestic violence. The singer confessed to being a drug addict for at least two years during her relationship with the singer Molemo Maarohanye, she attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings.On 26 October 2014, her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa captain of the South Africa men’s national football team and club side Orlando Pirates with whom she has a child was shot dead in her presence at her family’s home in Vosloorus.
Sibongile Khumalo was born in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa, and guided by her father, Khabi Mngoma, a professor of music, she studied violin, singing,drama and dance. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music from theUniversity of Zululand and BA Honors from University of the Witwatersrand. In 1993, Khumalo won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahams town Festival.
Khumalo was the first person to sing the title role of Princess Magogo in the first African opera Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu.
Sibongile Khumalo has established herself as a jazz singer in South Africa. Her albums include: Sibongile Khumalo Live at the Market Theatre, Immortal Secrets and Ancient Evenings.
In 2009, Khumalo was honoured by Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, by being awarded a Doctor of Musichonoris causa.
Thandi Klaasen (née Mpambane; 1930/1931 – 15 January 2017) was a jazz musician from Sophiatown, Gauteng. She was the mother of singer Lorraine Klaasen.
Thandi Mpambane grew up in Sophiatown, the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker. When she was a teenager, she was attacked with petrol and matches and her face was permanently scarred. Her career as a singer and dancer began in the mid-1950s. In 1961, she moved to London to work in the musical King Kong. She performed with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, and others. Thandi Klaasen died from pancreatic cancer on 15 January 2017, aged 86. she will be greatly missed. may her soul rest in peace
Karin Kortje (born 12 August 1980) is the winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa. With her in the final was Gift Gwe.
After announcing the winner on 27 November 2005, M-Net released the voting results for the top 12. During each week’s count Karin received the most votes and was thus the most popular contestant during the entire Idols III. Karin received 65% of the final votes.Karin Kortje (born 12 August 1980) is the winner of the third season ofIdols in South Africa. With her in the final was Gift Gwe.
After announcing the winner on 27 November 2005, M-Net released the voting results for the top 12. During each week’s count Karin received the most votes and was thus the most popular contestant during the entire Idols III. Karin received 65% of the final votes.
Aura Lewis (born Aurelia Msimang; 4 March 1947– 28 December 2015)was a South African singer who worked with Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and recorded an album with Lee “Scratch” Perry in the late 1970s.
She was born Aurelia Msimang in Western Native Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. After growing up in Johannesburg, she moved to the United States in the early 1970s and enrolled at New York’s Hunter College. She married a jazz musician and became known as Aura Lewis. She became interested in reggae after seeing The Wailersperform at Max’s Kansas City in 1972, and moved to Jamaica in 1976 where she enrolled in the Drama department of the Jamaica School of Arts, and began working with Cedric Brooks in the group United Africa. She was introduced to Jimmy Cliff, who asked her to join him on his 1977 West African tour as a backing vocalist, the tour filmed and released on video as Bongo Man. Cliff’s band stopped off in London before returning to Jamaica, where she was taken to Island Records by Cliff, while Lee Perry and Bob Marley were working on “Punky Reggae Party” (released on Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Exodus album). Perry was looking for an additional backing vocalist and asked Lewis to contribute to the recording, joining Candy MacKenzie.
Patricia Lewis is a South African singer, actress and television presenter. Having sold over 600 000 albums to date, Lewis is recognised as the top-selling female recording artist in South African music history.
Lewis’s debut album, Don’t Tempt Me was released in 1992. “Ek Is Lief Vir Jou”, which achieved sales of 125 000, made her the best-selling female music artist in South Africa. “Wie Sou Jou Kon Liefhê Soos Ek” reached gold status on the day it was released. Lewis has performed duets with numerous local and international celebrities, including David Hasselhoff,Kurt Darren, Bles Bridges and Jim Reeves.
Lerato Molapo, known professionally as Lira, is a South African singer. She was born in Daveyton, on Johannesburg’s East Rand. Her name translates to “love” in Sesotho and she speaks four languages. She is a multi-platinum selling and an 11-times South African Music Award-winning Afro-Soul vocalist, who refers to her music as “a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African.
Her world was shaped by the harsh realities of South Africa’s formerly racial and socio economic apartheid. She grew up listening to Miriam Makeba,Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, who would eventually inspire her own songwriting. She began performing live at the age of 16, singing both cover versions and self-penned songs.
As an undergraduate student, Lira studied Accounting and used her skills to exchange for recording time at a local studio, resulting in her first demo at the age of 18. Upon graduation, Lira continued in accounting for two years. With ambitions to be a singer she turned in her letter of resignation and created a five-year plan for her music career.
Lungisa Dikana, (18 December 1978 – 3 December 2014), was a South African recording artist and vocalist. Her music career shot to limelight in 2008 following the release of her debut album My Diary, My Thoughts. She died on 3 December 2014 after a short illness.
Born into a musical family in Kwazakhele, a small town in Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, Lulu began singing as a chorister in her local church at the age of 15. Her father, Vuyiselie Dikana was a drummer for a band known as “Black Slave and the Flamingo”. An alumna of Fort Hare University where she studied Law, Lulu released her debut album titled My Diary, My Thoughts in 2008. The album contained hit tracks like “Real Love” and “Life and Death”.
Following the success of her debut album, Lulu began working on her second album This Is the Life. The album was released in 2011 and went on to be nominated in three categories at the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards and “Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album” category at the 19th South African Music Awards. In October 2014, she released I Came To Love, her third studio album which earned her three nomination spots at the 21st South African Music Awards.