She stole Mzansi’s hearts with her contagious laugh and powerful voice on Idol SA season 15.
She released her first single while she was a contestant on the show and has now released her second, called Ungubaba.
Musician Sneziey Msomi was a bit sceptical about releasing her new single. She didn’t know how it would be received, she says. But so far, it’s been great.
Sneziey, real name is Snenhlanhla Msomi, still can’t believe how amazing the song has actually been doing.
“The song is number two on iTunes,” she says. “Each time when I got to iTunes, I keep asking myself Jesu kanti unjani [Jesus how are you].
“God is doing things that I never really expected. Not that I am measuring Him, but He makes things happen beyond your capabilities. And all the time, He reminds me that He is the one who is in control,” the gospel singer says.
The single has special meaning to her.
“I grew up without a dad, he denied me. And growing up without a father, God was my father and all my uncles were my father in the physical sense,” she says. “I can boldly say I did have father figures in my life because of my uncles, and I didn’t feel like it wasn’t enough. But the song refers to God being a father, it speaks about Him being ubaba uthembekile (a faithful father). He is not like any other father that can easily disappoint you. He is a faithful father and He keeps His word.”
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Sneziey says the song is one of her grandmother’s favourite hymns and she also grew up singing it at Sunday school as a child.
“Everyone at church knows that uMam’ Msomi will sing this song,” says Sneziey.
“And the last time I heard the song is when I was in Sunday school, but it is a song that has always resonated with me. And during the pandemic, it a song that was in my heart. So, I think it is just a song that says God will remain God no matter what the situation is.”
Sneziey became a household name when was a contestants on Idols SA.
She made it as far as the top two. Idols SA was not about competing, she says, all she wanted was to grow as a musician and the show helped her do just that.
But while she was on Idols SA, there were rumours that she had apparently been a diva and had bulling the Qwabe twins, Viggy and Virginia.
“Nothing happened and I never want to talk about it, and the reason I didn’t want to talk about it when it happened is that I was praying for vindication. And God won’t vindicate you when you have spoken,” she says.
The singer says she has never had anything against the twins and still doesn’t have anything against them.
“All I am saying, is that one day, the Lord will vindicate me, and hopefully when vindications happen, apologies will come flooding as the insults did,” she says. “The funny thing is Viggy and Virginia never confirmed that I hit them or bewitched them as it was reported. And that is the reason I hold nothing against them.”
The allegations affected her career and closed certain doors for her.
“There are gigs that I couldn’t do, because of that thing, certain doors didn’t happen because of that things,” she says.
“[It felt like] I was given a key to open so many doors, but I couldn’t do that, as I got drippled, fell and couldn’t reach those doors.
“But God has sustained me in all of it, and I have seen His hand in my life. So, I am not holding anything against them, I have never held anything against them, in fact ng’yabathanda (I love them), and I am happy for them and where they are in their careers.”