Solo artist to release debut album

2016-10-27 06:00
PHOTO: facebook Thembi Kupiso ‘T-hembi’ will be performing at the ‘South Coast Fever’ birthday celebration on Friday.

PHOTO: facebook Thembi Kupiso ‘T-hembi’ will be performing at the ‘South Coast Fever’ birthday celebration on Friday.

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BORN in the Eastern Cape in Lusikisiki in 1992, Thembisa Kupiso, an Afro­-pop, soul vocalist and songwriter, is waiting to release her single titled­ Ntombenhle.

The young women is finishing her album, which will be released under Blue Tone Recording Studios in Gamalakhe.

She is currently studying tourism at Esayidi TVET College in Gamalakhe.

She started performing at the age of five at weddings, parties and church, and “T-hembi”, her stage name, has never looked back.

In 2012 T-hembi moved to Durban and became part of Royal Hotel Jazz and Soul weekend sessions until 2013, and as a vocalist that platform gave her further experience in her career.

T-hembi said the first song she wrote is dedicated to her mother.

“The first song I ever wrote, at the age of eight, was dedicated to my mom, who has always supported my singing career, and it titled Ndiyakuthanda mama.”

T-hembi also entered SA’s Got Talent, but didn’t do well, but is not discouraged because she believes in her talent.

Born just before the end of apartheid she believes she is born free and decided to call her next release of four songs Rooted to be Born Free.

Her next album will feature Undishiya Ndedwa, which talks about a mother who leaves her children to make a better living in Johannesburg.

It is being produced by Sandile “Blue Note” Cele, who has worked with DJ Bongz, Beezory, DJ Websta and many others.

T-hembi will be performing at the South Coast Fever’s19th birthday celebration on 28 October in Margate.

To follow her visit @T_hembi (twitter), T_hembie (instagram) and T-hembi on sound cloud.

For performance bookings contact Cele on 063 167 3273 on pollen.cele @gmail.com

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