Versatile vocalist Asanda Mqiki visited Cape Town this past weekend in a bid to kick off her crowdfunding campaign for a debut album. Fresh after her selection as one of the Top 5 finalists of this year’s espYoungLegends music competition, the multi-award-winning powerhouse vocalist Mqiki perfomed at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge in the city on Thursday, Kaleidoscope Café in Claremont on Friday, at the Jazz in the Native Yard event on Saturday and SlowLife at Olympia Bakery on Sunday. Hailing from Port Elizabeth, like other SA music legends before her – think Feya Faku and Zolani Mahola - Asanda Mqiki comes from the strong choral tradition of the Eastern Cape, and her signature musical style brings together jazz, funk and soul, with influences from R&B to Kwaito. She has been described as “a true Afro-Soul revelation with an insane amount of control over her notes” and will treat audiences to her repertoire of original South African jazz. Some of Asanda’s recent highlight shows include headlining the Cape Town Festival with Vicky Sampson and Jimmy Nevis, performing at the National Arts Festival, and playing for the first time with her full band at the Orbit in Johannesburg, to a standing ovation. Online culture magazine, Texx & the City, after seeing her at Oppikoppi 2016, said: “Emotive and sassy, exuding a jazzy persona unlike anything I’ve seen, she was my best vocal performance of the weekend”. Her “Vocal Explosion” jazz collaboration with Maya Spector played to capacity houses at the Market Theatre and the Cape Town Fringe festival. Before she went solo in 2013, Asanda performed regularly with platinum-selling a cappella group The Soil, and is especially known for her collaboration on the song “Lizzy”. She was lead vocalist for the band Take Note, with whom she released two albums and performed at top SA festival Joy of Jazz. Asanda has shared the stage and collaborated with artists such as the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, Freshlyground, The Soil, Khaya Mahlangu, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Putuma Tiso & Berita.“I am so excited to be performing in Cape Town again! It’s been about a year and so much has happened and I can’t wait to share some of our new tracks with our fans, and introduce our music to even more Capetonians,” she said prior to her performance. The crowdfunding campaign for Asanda Mqiki’s debut album has just launched on www.thundafund.com and more information is available there – to make it fun and worthwhile, supporters have a variety of packages to choose from that include a private concert, executive producer credits, personalised and dedicated tracks and merchandise as well as pre-ordered CDs. Asanda is aiming to make R100 000, with a dream goal of R140 000. This breaks down into a few main areas R30 000 gets the band of 7 to Cape Town for a week. R45 000 gets them into studio to record, mix & master. R25 000 gets the album printed and officially launched. Another R40 000 would be the cherry on the top towards their already planned album launch tour in Maputo, Joburg, Durban, East London & Port Elizabeth next year February/March. This tour has received a grant from Concerts SA, which covers some costs.