Singing her way to the top

2018-07-19 06:00
Itumeleng Hoffman (26) with the golden ticket she received as a thumbs-up from the Idols SA judges, .PHOTO: velani Ludidi

Itumeleng Hoffman (26) with the golden ticket she received as a thumbs-up from the Idols SA judges, .PHOTO: velani Ludidi

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Many locals remember her as the young girl who used to sing at hip-hop shows with local group Sound Fusion.

But today Itumeleng Hoffman is a golden ticket holder for the 14th season of Idols SA, after wowing the judges with her melodious voice.

The 26-year-old, originally from Grabouw, now resides in Gordon’s Bay. She is through to the next round of the popular reality singing TV show. The round is known is the gruelling Theatre Week.

“I had mixed emotions when I received the four ‘yes’ votes, especially from Randall [Abrahams], who is not easily impressed,” she says.

Hoffman has been to the show’s audiences for three years, but never actually auditioned. “I would go there and when it was [my turn], I would get cold feet and decide to not do it,” she says.

“This year I was ready, confident and prepared. I told myself I am done playing games.”

Hoffman believes she is flying the flag of three areas.

“I am a Strand girl, but I represent Grabouw and Gordon’s Bay too, because these are the places I lived and performed in,” she explains. “I am so overwhelmed by the support I have received since appearing on the show.”

Hoffman started singing at the age of six, but her mother Matokelo says otherwise.

“From the age of four Tumi was singing,” the proud mother relays. “Music runs in the family. Everyone can sing and I am so happy that she finally got the confidence to audition. She has the potential to win it.”

Hoffman’s life has now changed, as fans of the show recognise her wherever she goes.

“People at the malls stop and tell me they have my back,” she says. “I am so proud to represent these communities and be the only one from the Overberg and Helderberg areas.”

Thembela Mqokozo of Strand rap group Sound Fusion could not stop boasting about her friend.

“We have come a long way; I remember her going to the auditions in the past, but she chickened out,” she says.

“I am sure her producer, [the late] Lubabalo Tshapile, is smiling from above as they started this road together. Strand and Grabouw will support her all the way.”

Hoffman advises others to trust in God’s timing.

“I prayed for this day; in the years I did not audition, God was preparing me for this. So, believe in yourself, no matter what.”

Hoffman says she would like to emulate songstress Amanda Black.

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