Chatting to ‘Voice SA’ finalist

2017-03-02 06:00
Tender Mavundla of Gamalakhe hopes to win ‘The Voice SA’.PHOTO: M-NET

Tender Mavundla of Gamalakhe hopes to win ‘The Voice SA’.PHOTO: M-NET

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GAMALAKHE’S Tender Mavundla has put Port Shepstone on the map once again, this time as a finalist on The Voice SA.

Her performance of Vulindlela brought judges to their feet within seconds of hearing her. Fever journalist, Candyce Krishna, speaks to the singer about the experience.

CK: It’s great to see you as a finalist on The Voice SA. Is this a come-back as you’ve been very quiet in Port Shepstone over the past few years?

TM: I wouldn’t say it’s a comeback, it’s more like a second a chance. I was facing my own demons, my life in general was not well. I was once happy and at some point I became a depressed singer. I have done a lot of hard work to get back to this point, so to me this is a second chance.

CK: What have you been up to since the SA Idols?

TM: Everything. I have a baby now and she is three years old. I was on SA Idols eight years ago and since then my life has been a roller coaster ride with happy times and sad times. I’m now at a point where I’ve moved on and matured.

CK: What made you take the step to enter The Voice SA?

TM: My baby girl. She is the inspiration behind everything I do. Before, I could not be a better person for myself. Now I can be a better person for someone. I want her life to be different. She deserves the best.

CK: How has the whole experience been so far?

TM: The Voice is humbling; it’s different from other reality shows. This show is building and enticing the musician in me and I’m very excited to work with my coach more and learn on this journey.

CK: You wowed the judges with your performance of

Vulindlela. Why did you choose this particular song?

TM: I have sung the song since it came out and have never stopped. I don’t get bored with it, I just get better at performing. It’s always different every time that I sing it.

CK: Why did you choose Lira as your coach?

TM: I knew about her music the most from any of the other coaches. I can relate the most to Lira. It just seemed like the most comfortable fit for me.

CK: What is it like working with Lira?

TM: I am so comfortable with her. She lets you just sing. You feel like you are on the same page with her the whole time. She lets you step into her musical world and allows you the opportunity to understand things better.

CK: When you sang in front of The Voice SA coaches, you looked so confident, but later you told them you were scared. How do you remain so calm and together?

TM: The only thing that keeps me calm is my belief that I am good at what I do. The fact that I am confident helps me to say calm. I became emotional after my audition because I know where I have been and where I want to go.

CK: Other than Idols SA, tell us a bit of your past singing successes?

TM: I won Jam Alley in 1997 and Gospel stars in 2005. I have received vocal coaching from Ray Phiri. I have been a backup singer for Deborah Fraser, the late Lundi and few others. In 2009 I was in the Netherlands for a while too.

CK: How has this competition inspired you and what have you learnt?

TM: I have learnt that you need to plan ahead, this also comes from Lira as well. I personally don’t know how to plan ahead, I do as it goes. I am learning how to plan, which is a really important skill for life too.

CK: What do you hope to achieve from The Voice SA?

TM: I want to be their winner, and that’s only the beginning.

CK: What do you want to tell the people of Port Shepstone and all your fans in South Africa?

TM: Port Shepstone is very bright and clear. KwaZulu-Natal is lucrative and it’s gifted in the arts. So we need to evolve this place could be the next Johannesburg. Let’s not go to the big city; let’s make it all happen right here.

The Voice SA is broadcast on M-Net Channel 101 on Sundays at 5.30pm. Fans can watch exclusive videos and auditions from the show on M-Net and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #TheVoiceSA.

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