She's got the beat

By Drum Digital
30 September 2013

Meet the sensational woman behind Xigubu, one of the biggest house songs to hit Mzansi.

IT’S all over the radio and TV, the house song that gets the entire family dancing.

But while DJ Ganyani got most of the credit for the hit, it’s actually the result of a collaboration with Thandi Nakampe Mokgoankgoa, the spunky newcomer who calls herself Fiesta Black.

The 24-year-old musician originally wrote the song in English and called it The Drum.

DJ Ganyani then added his magic by translating the lyrics into Tsonga. It was by no means an easy journey for Fiesta Black, however.

Just months ago she was still hustling on the streets of Jozi, begging music producers to give her a chance.

“Life’s hard when you’re hustling. I wanted to be able to take care of myself and my mother, and even considered stripping in Hillbrow. But I quit after my first day.

Read more in DRUM - 3 October 2013.

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