The Mandisa Gospel

2011-12-03 00:00

PURSUING a music career at the age of 42 might be seen as a sign of a midlife crisis, but for Durban gospel/jazz singer Princess Mandisa Sishi it is proof that talent never ages. Throughout her life Sishi has been juggling motherhood, her career with the Justice Department and her bubbling passion for music.

“When you get to my age people expect you to sit down and look after the house, but not me.

“I am very excited about doing my show Gospel According to Jazz and having one of my favourite people, Steve Fataar, on stage with me.

“He has been motivating me to get on stage and do my music but I have never felt like I was ready but I do now,” said Sishi.

Growing up in a ministry-orientated home and being part of the church choir, Sishi fell in love with gospel music and began composing her own music.

She learnt how to play the guitar under Steve Fataar’s guidance in the early 90s.

“My father was a minister and would take me with on missionary trips where I would absorb and enjoy the different types of music we would come across.

“Then somewhere along the line I got caught up in studying law. The love for playing the guitar was still strong within me, but I needed someone to put flavour in my music; that is where Steve Fataar fitted in.

“In the early 2000s we started working together and he brought his own element into my music and I got my chords right and here we are now,” said Sishi.

The show takes place at Durban’s Anglican Church of St John the Baptist at 2.30 pm on December 10.

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