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- Listed: July 18, 2013 11:03 pm
The difference with this afro pop trio outfit is that all its members Jabulani Ndaba, Bongani Nchang and Matshidiso Mpholo sing incredibly well. Undoubtedly destined to top the genre with their vocal talent and stunning new image, the trio promises not only a sound that will keep the local dance and music scenes alive, but will go a long in displaying how much talent South African can still offer.
Some industry observers will remember the two boys Jabulani and Bongani, as members of a disbanded kwaito group Stouters, whose claim to fame was with Brenda Fassie’s remake of the hit song Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. Jabu grew up in the Free State in Bethlehem and later moved to live with his mother, up in the NorthWest Township of Klerksdorp. Although no one from is family a singer by profession, music has always been around him.
As a teenage boy back in the slowly paced village of Bethlehem, he was always around when his cousin, a community choir leader rehearsed on keyboards and he secretly climbed on when the rehearsals were over. This is how he was basically introduced to the exciting world of music.
From there on, in Klerksdorp, he began to play in different kinds of community local groups. He met Bongani in 1995 at a studio owned by one of the local music fundis Turbo, with whom they became partners and formed a team of young, dedicated music producers and promoters and they called themselves VIP. “We saw ourselves as very intelligent producers, he says, explaining how the name came about. “We were working there all the times, producing and programming music for community groups,” adds Jabu.
His first professional recording, together with musical partner Bongani was with a five-member group Stouters, that went on to represent SA musically in a Madagascar in 2000. The two were the driving force behind the group and the influence of street-wise music is evident in their work. Bongani Nchang was born and bred in Klerksdorp. He was only nine when he first appeared on the small screens after entering a music competition on a variety TV show Dinakana.
Explaining how he realised, from a very young age and after winning the competition, that he was born to be a star, he says: “I remember quite well how tough the auditions were, but I told myself that I just have to do it. I went there, confident as ever, sang my heart out and I was the only one picked to represent my town”.
Bongani inherited music from his family, though unlike them, they never took it too seriously. As his always mother insisted that his son had to study engineering, in order to be considered a true professional, Bongani took a chance, studied mechanical engineering – though he wasn’t at ease with it as he is now with music – at Klerskdorp college and it wasn’t long before he found himself producing music for community groups, singing for local disco bands, organising show and he was part of all these in one way or the other.
His partner in “crime’ Jabu, was always around like a small puppy and they both decided this year (2003) to try it again in a different way, with a brand new name and a whole new image, with an addition of a equally exciting female singer Tshidi. The three met at an AME church in Soweto. Jabu and Bongani are the conductors of a church’s choir, and Tshidi is a member.
Tshidi is also from the NorthWest and as it’s always a tradition, she started singing at a church and continued doing so to a schooling level. A BA Education graduate, she is a former member of the University of North West Student Choir. She was involved with the Mmabana Cultural Centre jazz band, through which she got send to represent South Africa at an Arts festival in Greece. She also tried her luck in the Shell Road to Fame competition, but went through, up to the regional finals.
It appears that Tshidi, who also studied drama at Mmabana, was cut to be in show business. Her first time job ever, after graduating, was with Anchor Comprehensive School in Mzimhlophe, Soweto, where she is currently teaching arts and culture. She is not just an ordinary teacher now, but a role model, as she’s has already started signing autographs for learners, who couldn’t wait to throw away their pens to groove to their favorite party song Sbonga Abazali.
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