- Durbanite DJ Tira is known for giving musical talents a chance at realising their dreams, and this time around, he adds Fezile Zulu, also from KZN, to the list.
- Many South Africans first heard the singer's spectacular voice in a video where she was dressed as a bottle collector/recycler.
- A woman who was seemingly meant to give her bottles to collect asks her to sing, promising that she will send the video to the famous DJ.
- The 25-year-old then goes on to sing a few lines of Hamba Naye by Cici, featuring Mafikizolo.
- Despite the short performance, it was clear she is gifted, and South Africans quickly fell in love with her talent.
W24 had a chat with both Fezile and DJ Tira about their encounter, which has warmed the hearts of South Africans.
Fezile has since shared with W24 that in the viral clip, she was preparing to audition for a TV role of a bottle recycler when her friend took the video, which eventually led to her meeting DJ Tira.
Fezile Zulu has recorded a song with DJ Tira after a clip of her singing went viral. All photos supplied by Fezile Zulu
Fezile works at Wimpy as a dishwasher and says in the initial video she wanted to showcase people who have jobs that are seen as unskilled have talents and something to offer the world.
"We all have talents, and we will end up being successful despite our backgrounds."
She has hopes to become an actress and attends TV auditions whenever she can.
Speaking about how Tira got a hold of her, Fezile says she has no idea how he ended up seeing her clip. "I don't know how he saw the video and ended up putting it up on Facebook, asking people to help him find me."
Fezile is nonetheless excited about meeting Tira, saying she hopes to change her family situation. "Many of my family members survive by doing odd jobs, and we also survive on my grandmother's pension grant. I would be so grateful to be able to change my family's situation."
Speaking of her time in the studio, where she recorded a song with the help of musician Mondli Ngcobo and DJ Tira, Fezile says it was challenging yet rewarding.
"Uncle Mondli wanted me to bring on real vocals so it was tough, but I eventually got it right. I'm very grateful to him and uncle Tira for the opportunity they've given me."
Tira says he decided to work with Fezile because she has effortless talent and it is critical that people who are already in the spotlight, like himself, do what they can to find and nurture raw talent.
In terms of working with Fezile in future, the DJ says he will take baby steps. "We will see who else is interested in joining and assisting."
He adds he does not want to change Fezile but will wait to see the response he gets from other South African artists looking to feature on the song they recorded.
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