Making her mark in the music industry as both a Sama and Metro FM award-winning Afro-soul singer. For the last four years, Siphokazi Mohapi has been deeply involved in charity work, hosting concerts for underprivileged families and supporting women and children's homes.
Recently she hosted a concert at Mt Gerizim AFM in Vosloorus. The concert raised funds for a school for physically and mentally challenged children, the Usizo Lwethu school in Vosloorus. This initiative was very close to my heart.
Putting her music career on hold for some time to do more charity work and focus on other aspects; She is now ready to make an award winning comeback.
In a key concert on her comeback trail, she will be performing at Carnival City in the One Night in Africa – Oliver Mtukudzi & Friends show. Mohapi said the concert was a big platform for her career and would remind her fans of her talent. “Because she has not been in the media for two years, her fans thought her career was over. But she has been busy with performances since the release of her third studio album, Ethembeni, last year in March.” Even her husband is confident of her new path commenting, “Fans can expect to hear new material from Siphokazi sometime next year,”.
Siphokazi Mohapi – Singer and Actress – Johannesburg
The afro-soul songstress and previous Native Rhythms own Afro diva has yet again released a stunning album, which is a sequel to her multi-award winning entrance album ‘Ubuntu bam’. Again Lawrence Matshiza produced the award winning Malambule, this time Siphokazi has decided to give acknowledgements to South African music fans and the world all over with an suitably titled album ‘Ndinovuyo’ – roughly translated ‘I am full with joy’.
A definite for world music lovers this album is lavish with deep Afro-Soul melodies engrained in heavy Xhosa harmonies and ethno-trad beats, laced with Zulu maskandi guitar reefs and verbal chants. An interesting piece on the album izimpempe and uvududu (traditional Zulu whistles) and of course the maskandi guitar: two genuine musical instruments that have tugged many hearts, and give the album a heavenly feeling that makes you want to break into ancestral chant.
Siphokazi’s next album came with great anticipation after her critically acclaimed debut album earned her reverence in the music industry and went on to trade close to 100 000 units. Her immediate success could be foretold when she scooped 2 coveted awards for Best Newcomer and Best Adult Contemporary African albums at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). Siphokazi wrapped the year off by walking away with the most awards at the 2007 Metro Fm Awards when she yet again scooped Best Female, Best Newcomer, & Best Produced Album. In 2008 he Kora Awards also recognized Siphokazi’s spoken artistry and nominated her under the Best Southern African Artist group.
In her sustained dominance of the music industry, Siphokazi has put her trivial village of Lusikisiki (which gets its name from the rustling noise of reeds in a nearby marsh) onto the world map of musical songstresses. Siphokazi has been the primary selling and performing artist in the South African music scene and has shared the stage with leading local and international artists including, Chaka Khan, Oletta Adams, Indie Arie, Gladys Nights, Tania Maria, Puff Johnson, Kirk Franklin, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Caiphus & Letta Mbulu, Stimela, Judith Sephuma, Gloria Bosman, Busi Mhlongo, Sibongile Khumalo, Jonas Gwangwa, Simphiwe Dana, Lira, Zamajobe, Angelique Kidjo, just to mention some. That album from this Afro-soul songbird was a indication to someone who has come a long way, factually and figuratively, to claim her rightful place amongst the world’s best songstresses. Hailing from the rolling hills of Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), who sought musical refuge in Joburg in order to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a recording and performing artist. Before her debut album ‘Ubuntu bam’ which was released in late 2006, Siphokazi’s claim to fame was as a backing vocalist to some of the country’s leading singers for a number of years but has now come full circle as a renowned and deserving songstress in her own right.
The album is not short of beloved songs for those who traverse between Afro-Jazz, Afro-Trad, Afro-Gospel and Soul, an experience that immediately becomes apparent when you slot the album into your music player.
Again, the recording was blessed by South Africa’s greatest session musicians and backing vocalists, from Fana Zulu on Bass, Rob Watson and Kwazi Shange on Drums, keyboards are shared amongst Gabriel Stuurman, Luyanda Madope (who also composed some of the songs) as well as Nduduzo Makhathini and Randall Scheepers, whilst the extremely talented Tlale Makhene plays percussions. Simosakhe Mthalane of maskandi group Imithente plays the Zulu maskandi guitar, whilst Lawrence Matshiza lays the guitar on the rest of the album.