Phatizwe gave up his job to sing praises at weddings and funerals

2017-04-13 06:00
Phatizwe Magazi (34) said praise singing is his calling and a task he was assigned to do by his ancestors. Photo: Lindile Mbontsi

Phatizwe Magazi (34) said praise singing is his calling and a task he was assigned to do by his ancestors. Photo: Lindile Mbontsi

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NATIONAL Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete had to stop President Jacob Zuma’s speech after an imbongi interrupted the president with determined praise and adulation.

This was when Zuma was delivering his State of the Nation address in February.

City Vision managed to track down the popular kasi praise singer, Phatizwe Magazi (34), to Philippi, near Cape Town.

Phatizwe said praise-singing is a calling and a gift that is given by the ancestors.

“I’m a qualified artisan. I did my internship at Mercedes-Benz.

“I later got a job at BMW but I didn’t stay long because my ancestors asked me to stop working. “They wanted me to take the praise-singing route.”

Speaking about the incident at Parliament, Phatizwe said his ancestors order him to attend events.

“If I don’t follow instructions, I will be disrespecting my ancestors. The events I cover
include things like weddings and
funerals. This is how I make money to feed my family. The father of three said he had embraced the call.

“I don’t sit down and try to write lyrics to praise someone. They all come naturally.

“My ancestors always help me to come up with ideas. In the past three years, I’ve lost count of the number of big events where I’ve been invited to perform.”

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