Biography

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.

Besides singing, she aspires to be a catalyst for education. She feels that there are a lot of young people who can benefit from her musical instruction. Her extensive experience both in the music industry and training can aid in higher retention and greater outcomes.

The last time Siphokazi released an album was in 2010 (The Great Gift) . She has started to work on her new album as a result a single called “Love Too Deep” has been released. She is doing this under her own record label and will record her live dvd this year.

Collaborations
Stage Appearances
She has been blessed to share the stage with the likes of: Chaka Khan, Oletta Adams, Indie Arie, Gladys Night, Tania Maria, Puff Johnson, Kirk Franklin, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Angelique Kidjo, Gloria Bosman and Caiphas and Letta Mbulu, to mention just a few.

Television
• Siphokazi was featured in the movie, “Catch A Fire” (a backing vocalist for an entertainer in the movie)
• She also had a brief appearance in a local drama called Rhythm City.
• Siphokazi was also featured as a residential backing vocalist in the documentary of Sophiatown.

Print Media
Siphokazi continues to grace Southern African magazines like:
• Soul Magazine
• Drum Magazine
• True Love Magazine
• Edgars Club magazine
• Move Magazine

Awards and Accolades
• Best Newcomer (SAMA) 2007
• Best Adult Contemporary Album (SAMA) 2007
• Best Produced Album (Metro awards 2007)
• Best Newcomer (Metro awards 2007)
• Best Female Vocalist (Metro awards 2007)
• A tribute to women in the arts and culture sector: Presented by the former Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana and handed over by Dorothy Masuku
• A tribute to women in the arts and culture sector: Presented by the former Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana and handed over by Dorothy Masuku
• Received “Lifetime Achievement Award” for community building:
• Presented by (ALL AFRICA CULTURAL ORGANISATION)
• Kora Awards Nominee for best Southern African Artist category.

Philanthropic Initiatives

Besides singing, Siphokazi has developed a passion for philanthropy. She has contributed to many communities throughout South Africa, promoting self-awareness, education and leadership. For many of these communities, Siphokazi is considered their most reliable resource.

Child Well Fare - Geluksdal Township
This wing of social services gives support to child-headed households in the Geluksdal Township. Siphokazi helps raise funds for child well fare initiatives, whilst visiting the children on a consistent basis.

Lusikisiki Project
In the rural areas of Eastern Cape poverty is a major concern. During the holidays many families are without food and in need of support. Every year, Siphokazi and her husband identify 10 families to give food parcels to for Christmas.

Usizo Lwethu ( Our help)
This is a school for physically and mentally challenged children who fully depend on their guardians throughout their lives. As a result they are not employable and are vulnerable to abuse, especially girls.
Principal: Mr. Mpshe (082) 785-9961

Ilitha labantu (Light of the people)
Ilitha labantu is a NPO that looks after the needs of women based in Gugulethu, Cape Town. These are abused women and children who are offered counseling and shelter.
Contact: Ms. Ella (076) 615-0638

Department of Social Services (National)
The Department of Social Services has adopted Siphokazi as an Ambassador to the DSS. In December of 2011, she spent Christmas with parent-less children, many of which did not have destinations for the holidays. Minister Lulu Xingwana heads this department.
Contact: Mr. France (083) 641-5224

Sechaba Primary School Shoe Project
This is a project where we provide shoes and socks to students who are with out them. We have taken up this initiative because of the lack of support and sponsorship on the ground.