Inspiring the youth through music

2016-10-25 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Cowies Hill singer ‘Tinana’ Nelisiwe Rose Sikhakhane.

PHOTO: supplied Cowies Hill singer ‘Tinana’ Nelisiwe Rose Sikhakhane.

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COWIES Hill singer Tinana, real name Nelisiwe Rose Sikhakhane, was born in Maputo, Mozambique in October 1965.
She started singing at age of 10 as a leader of an isicathamiya group in Mozambique.
The group was inspired by her late father, a music composer.
Her family later relocated to South Africa where she continued singing and eventually started an umbhaqanga group and a gospel trio named The Crusaders at Montebello Roman Catholic School in Kwazulu-Natal.
In the year 1982 to 1983 she performed as a member of the school choir at Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi.

In pursuit of a teaching career she enrolled at Eshowe Collage of Education in the eighties where she became a born-again Christian and started another Christian music group with fellow students.
As part of her studies she did theory of music and completed her qualification in 1986, becoming a professional teacher.

"During my teaching year I found interest in motivational talks and develop aspiring singers, my colleagues.
“In 1991 I married Mandla Sikhakhane and we were blessed with three children, Zanoxolo, Simunye and the late Siyabonga."

Her inspiration in music and her relationship with God led her to starting a praise and worship team at the Independent Baptist Church in Esikhawini.
"In 2009 I went through a divorce and became a single mom. My children and extended family were very inspirational and supportive towards my dream of being a recording artist.”
“This dream was slowly being realised by my wanting to spread God's word through music. Just before the release of my first album, Umfanekiso Wakho, my family was struck by the death of my last born son Siyabonga in March 2015. I released and launched the album in October 2015. The success of my album took off and my first performance was in April when I represented South Africa at the Africa Day celebrations in Mozambique and later performed at an investors corporate event at the Mozambican embassy."
I n South Africa she has performed in many events including the Discovering Hidden Treasures at the Protea Edward Hotel in Durban.
She also performed in a corporate event at the Elangeni hotel in Durban.

"I continue to develop young talent as I walk in the light of my music career, growing both spiritually and as an aspiring artist."

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