Nassi hits high notes

2016-11-17 06:00
Nasiphi Mbolompo on stage, performing “Oh My Beloved Father”.

Nasiphi Mbolompo on stage, performing “Oh My Beloved Father”.

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There’s a rising star on the opera horizon.

Nasiphi Mbolompo,18, from Lower Crossroads, has her heart set fast on an opera career, and she’s already had a great start.

Nassi, as she is known to television audiences, made it all the way through to the semi-finals of this year’s SA’s Got Talent competition, and in a genre that scares most singers, no less.

But isn’t that precisely why she entered the competition in the first place? She explains that SA’s Got Talent is one of the few competitions that allows singers to perform whatever they want, instead of sticking to pop or another specific genre.

“I wanted to inspire people.”

Nassi is keen to share her passion for music. She fell in love with opera after watching countless productions at the Artscape Opera House.

She started singing when she began school at Phandulwazi High School but quickly adds: “I didn’t realise(then that) I had an opera voice.”

It was only when her teacher asked her to perform for the Western Cape Choral Music Association’s Choral Music Eisteddfod that Nassi discovered just how well she could sing.

For her SA’s Got Talent audition, she had sung Giacomo Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” (“Oh My Beloved Father”), and impressed the judges from her very first note. Asked about her choice, she says, modestly: “It’s my favourite and I have always wanted to perform it.”

Although she didn’t win the competition, Nassi says the national contest was a great experience.

Now that she’s back home though, she continues to work as a volunteer for Yabonga Children’s Project, which works with HIV/Aids affected children. Nassi assists the organisation by offering homework supervision and support, along with music lessons.

“The children were excited when they saw me on TV,” Nassi says, adding that they all fight about who gets to sit next to her.

Next year, she plans to study opera to follow in the footsteps of her idol Sibongile Khumalo. She plans to study towards a B.A Opera studies at the University of Cape Town and has her eye on entering the International Applause Rising Talent Showcase, which could see her perform in front of casting agencies in America.

For more information about Nasiphi, visit her Facebook page, or visit the “ETV” YouTube channel to watch videos of her performances.

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