Gospel's 'It Girl' Fikile Mlomo

By Drum Digital
07 July 2010

SHE performs to packed halls week in and week out and the title track off her new album has been blaring from radios across the land. Her star has risen so fast she’s being called the new “It girl” of gospel music and there are predictions of great things for the 28-year-old performer.

But behind the sparkling performances and velvet voice lies a story of heartache and hardship tough enough to challenge the strongest soul. Death and disaster dogged Fikile Mlomo for years yet she has triumphed over tragedy to become a truly inspiring artist.

Her debut album, Umangisuka, sold tens of thousands of copies and her second, Linda Uthandaze, is flying off the shelves. She’s in demand to perform across Southern Africa and she counts President Jacob Zuma as one of her many fans.

Fikile’s talent is such that she caused a public spat between two top-flight producers who both scrambled to sign her to their label. Sello “Chicco” Twala went head to head with model-turned-actor-turned-music-producer Tshepo Nzimande and – unfortunately for Chicco – the latter won.

And it is with Tshepo in tow that she arrives at our offices, all smiles as she looks at the clothes the stylist has selected for her – although she’s slightly alarmed at some of the outfits.

She isn’t sure about the stiletto heels and short sleeveless dress, she tells us. “It’s too daring for my liking. I don’t even do big earrings. And when I’m on stage I don’t do sleeveless dresses either. It’s a little principle I have – not to show my arms when I’m performing.”

But Tshepo is all for seeing his charge in the pretty frock. “Umuhle, babes! Look at your legs,” he coos. “They’re soooo nice and dark.”

Fikile just smiles. She smiles so much, in fact, that it’s hard to believe she’s had such a tough time in her young life but, in between outfit changes and make-up touch-ups, she tells us her story.

Read the full article in the DRUM of 15 July 2010

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