Two minutes with Pu2ma


DRUM caught up with Afro soul jazz diva Putuma and chatted about love, music and the best advice she has ever received.

What are you currently busy with?

Working on a jazz gospel album, it’s exciting because a lot of people had always said to me that I should do it. This was after working on the Gospel in me concert where I performed with Loyiso Bala and Gloria Bosman. Now I am on it.

You come across as very shy...

Yes I am but when I get on stage I am a whole new person. I surprise myself sometimes with the confidence I exude on stage.

What makes you shy off stage though?

I am very self conscious. For example now as I do this interview I keep wondering if I will say the right thing and what you will think. I don’t have those issues when I am on stage.

Three of your favourite songs of all time?

Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin, my dad would play that song over and over while I was growing up that I fell in love with it.

Wahkazula,its a folk song we used to sing every night at home before we went to bed during prayer. It blesses my soul and reminds me of that time. I open my set with that song.

Do it lord by pastor Benjamin Dube is also a favourite.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am a good dancer. I am a cry baby and when I am around my friends I am one of the wildest.

What’s your dream for yourself?

I want my music and me as a brand to be known the world over.

Best advice you have ever received?

Victor Masondo, a bass player told me many years ago that; “Always arrive to a performance, session, audition or interview 30 minutes earlier. That way even if you are not great next time they will remember and use you because of your professionalism and punctuality.” I still use that advice till today.

By Molife Kumona

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