Stompi Mavi’s progeny follows on inspiration and launches song

2016-12-15 06:02
 Khayelitsha’s Thembisa Mamputa

Khayelitsha’s Thembisa Mamputa

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There’s a new voice in the Mzansi music scene, and is sure to set the deck-tables ablaze.

Thembisa Mamputa’s is that new voice on the block.

Born and raised in Khayelitsha, but now based in Jo’burg, it would seem that music runs deep in her genes since her mother is the granddaughter of legendary Xhosa crooner Stompie Mavi.

It is also not surprising when one considers that her parents, Mzimkhulu and Mhumhu, play musical instruments, and the her grandmother, Ruth Kenke missed out on a role in the legendary King Kong musical because her parents refused to allow her, citing her young age.

“Growing up, I would listen to his songs and mimic him,” She enthused.

Her singing career started at the Gardens Commercial High School, from whence she proceeded to polish her skill at the famed Simon Estes Music School.

“This provided me with a platform to launch my music career. Also the school promoted me by engaging me in all their functions,” she said.

Thembisa,28, was spotted at one of these gigs which catapulted her to being invited to private functions.

In 2008 she received her break when was invited to perform in parliament during a visit by the DRC Congo president Joseph Kabila, belting hits by Miriam Makeba and Brenda Fassie.

Since then, she has pushed herself into the comfortable terrain of composing original songs.

Her latest album Ibali includes her debut single “Emalawini” which was hailed as something of a gem when it hit the airwaves.

Ibali weaves seductive playfulness from Thembisa’s bubbly and boisterous character with raspy contemplative tones and maturity that manifests in her music.

Mkhulu Nsingiza her manager, said Thembisa is ready to take her place amongst the wall of talented musicians.

“She trails from a long line of people whose madness for music courses through their veins.”

Thembisa is ready to claim her spot in the limelight, having shared the stage with luminaries like Thandiswa Mazwai.


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