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