THE name Siphokazi Mohapi has become synonymous with soulful sounds, poignant lyrics and sophisticated Afro-chic style – and on Sunday, May 28 her fans will be able to see her performing live at the Vuma FM Concert at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg.
Born in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, she moved 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 enrol at Central Johannesburg College, where she completed a diploma in music technology.
Her first entry into the music world was in Japan for a cultural exchange, after which she was introduced to Tshepo Tshola and started working professionally.
Mohapi released her first album, Ubuntu Bam, in 2006 and a year later was the recipient of the best newcomer and best adult contemporary album at the South African Music Awards for her efforts. The album also collected the prizes for best produced album, best newcomers and best female vocalist at the Metro Awards 2007.
She followed Ubuntu Bam with 2008’s Ndinovuyo and 2010’s Ethembeni and is currently working on a new release.
Mohapi – who will be joined at the concert by Vuma 103 DJs Makhosi Khozi, Linda “The Game” and DJ Andre – has over the years shared the stage with the likes of Chaka Khan, Gladys Night, Hugh Masekela, Busi Mhlongo, Angelique Kidjo, Gloria Bosman and Caiphas.
Entry to the Vuma FM Concert is included in the entry to the Royal Show, which runs from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 4 at the Royal Showgrounds. Tickets are R65 for adults and R40 for children under 12 and pensioners.
On the middle Wednesday (May 31) of the show all tickets will cost R40 and on Super Friday (June 2) entry is R50 for everyone. Halls will be open until 8.30pm and for R150 show-goers can enjoy unlimited access to the fairground rides between 5pm and 7pm.