A nightingale sings in Nomzamo

2019-03-07 06:00
Thembisile Arosi (16) is a shining light for Nomzamo High School, after making it through to the next round in the Idols SA auditions held at Century City on Saturday 2 March.

Thembisile Arosi (16) is a shining light for Nomzamo High School, after making it through to the next round in the Idols SA auditions held at Century City on Saturday 2 March.

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Thembisile Arosi is hoisting the flag of her township high after sailing through to the next round on Idols SA on Saturday 2 March.

The softly spoken 16-year-old is following her dream of one day becoming well-known throughout the country for her musical capabilities.

The Grade 10 learner at Nomzamo High School said she could not believe it when she heard she had made it to the next round.

“I was so happy, I am still shaking thinking about it,” she said. “Before I entered there I was very nervous, thinking I was going to be told that I am very young.”

Thembisile says she was put into a group of 10, only three of whom were chosen from that number at the auditions, which took place in Century City.

She said her mother was encouraging and had confidence in her when she heard she was going to audition.

“My teachers were very happy and supportive of my decision to audition for Idols SA,” Thembisile said. “My mother said she knew from a young age that I would sing when I grew up, because I loved it so much – and music is my life.”

The teenager also wants to inspire other children to pursue their life’s passions, regardless of who they are or where they come from. “I want other kids to be motivated when they see me, and also know they can do it,” she said. “I am the first person from my school to enter Idols SA, which makes me proud as well.”

Thembisile sings a cappella and gospel music. She founded a choir at Nomzamo High, of which she is also a member.

“I want to win this competition because I know I can sing,” she says with a smile. “In future, I want to be a celebrity known throughout the country for my music.”

School principal Chris Mgubanto said Thembisile arrived at the school only this year, and has already organised a group that sings as an extra mural activity.

“This shows the talent she has; as a school we are very proud of her,” he said. “When she attended the auditions she asked if she would still be able to write her exams even though she’d be going through to the next round. I laughed and told her just to worry about getting the golden ticket, and we’d take it from there.”

All the staff and learners admire her for her courage to enter, as it may also encouraged others “to strive towards their dreams.”

“This also shows the potential our children have when afforded an opportunity. We wish her the best in this competition,” Mgubanto said.

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