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Winnie Mashaba’s going places

By admin
14 September 2013

Winnie Mashaba, is one of the few gospel artists who is doing well in her field. Her stardom started in 2000, with her first solo album, Exoda 20, which sold 25 000 copies and reached gold status.

She has a number of awards under her belt: she has won Best Female at the Crown Gospel Music Awards, and she has walked away with the Best African Traditional Gospel Album at the MTN South African Music Awards. “My music is not for Zion Christian Church (ZCC), but for anyone who enjoys listening to traditional gospel music,” she says.

Before the fame

Winnie grew up in a small village in Ga-Sekhukhune, Limpopo, where opportunities were limited. She enjoyed growing up there, she says, because all the children from her village played together and would do their homework together. “Even though I was raised by a single parent, I’ve never missed my father’s presence, because my mother always made sure that my seven siblings and I had everything we wanted,” Winnie says.

Future plans

She plans to start a nonprofit organisation (NGO) in Limpopo. “I believe that it’s time for me to give back to the community. The organization will focus on grooming young people and making sure that their dreams become a reality,” she says. How will she do that? “We’ll offer music, drama and dance classes, and other activities that will have a huge impact on the youth of Limpopo,” she responds.