Album Highlight

One listen to Ethembeni and it’s clear: Siphokazi is hitting her musical stride late 2010 in a way that is bound to elevate her already considerable career to even greater heights.

Like her first few albums – including 2006’s Ubuntu Bam, and 2008’s Ndinovuyo - Siphokazi’s 2010 album ‘Ethembeni’ is deeply rooted in Afro-Trad musical stylings. But this time around there’s an air of real confidence in the 12-tracks on the album that’s adds considerably to its appeal.

Some of this stems from Siphokazi’s deep-seated spirituality. As she herself puts it, “I give the glory to the Lord of my life, God – and I thank Him for His awesome sustaining power and the strength He gives me to press forward.”


About Siphokazi

The name Siphokazi Mohapi has become synonymous with soulful sounds, poignant lyrics and sophisticated Afro-chic style. But what’s probably more celebrated than this woman’s musical gift is her humility. This award winning songbird is indeed a gift to SA music.

Born in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape of South Africa were she attended primary school at Kwa-zizamele and then proceeded to Toli Secondary School. She then came to Johannesburg In 1999 and enrolled at Sibikwa Community Art Centre.

In 2000, she received a bursary from The National Arts Council, enabling her to enroll at Central Johannesburg College, where she completed her diploma in Music technology and igniting the music inside her and later become every house hold name.

Her first entry into the music world was in Japan for a cultural exchange which was her first international trip. Shortly after, she was introduced to a South African icon, Mr Tshepo Tshola, whom she started working with professionally at the start of her musical career.

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