Siphokazi is an award-winning Afro-Soul singer who has made her mark in the music industry from the start of her career. She is a SAMA and Metro FM award winner and is deeply involved in charity work, namely hosting concerts for underprivileged families and supporting women and children’s homes.
She also hosted a concert at Mt Gerizim AFM in Vosloorus. The concert was to raise funds for a school for physically and mentally challenged children, the Usizo Lwetho School, in Vosloorus. This specific initiative was very close to Siphokazi’s heart.
She put her music career on hold for a time, to do more charity work and give more focus to her family as well as other aspects but recently made an award-winning comeback.
She performed at a key concert at Carnival City in the One Night in Africa – Oliver Mtukudzi & Friends show. Siphokazi said that the concert was a big platform for her career. Many fans thought her career was over for being out of the spotlight for such an extended period of time, but she reminded fans that her career is alive and thriving with her latest comeback. Siphokazi, in addition to taking time for charity and family spent a lot of time with performances, since the release of her third studio album, Ethembeni. Even her husband remarked positively about her future during her absence.
The afro-soul songstress and previous Native Rhythms own Afro diva released a stunning album, which is the sequel to her multi-award winning entrance album, Ubuntu Bam. Again Lawrence Matshiza produced the award winning Malambule and this time Siphokazi decided to give acknowledgements to South African music fans and the world all over with a suitably titled album ‘Ndinovuyo’ – roughly translated to ‘I am full with joy’.
It is a definite for music lovers. The album is lavish with deep Afro-Soul melodies, deeply rooted in Xhosa harmonies and ethno-trad beats, laced with Zulu maskandi guitar reefs and verbal chants. Interesting elements to the album are the izimpempe and uvududu, which are traditional Zulu whistles, as well as the maskandi guitar. These are genius musical instruments that have tugged at many hearts and which gives the album a heavenly feeling, which makes you want to break into ancestral chant.
Her next album came with great anticipation after her critically acclaimed debut album earned her great admiration in the music industry and went on to trade close to 100 000 copies. Her success could be predicted after scooping two sought-after awards for Best Newcomer and Best Adult Contemporary African albums at the SAMA awards.
In 2007 Siphokazi wrapped up the year by walking away with the most awards at the Metro FM Awards when she again scooped Best Female, Best Newcomer, & Best Produced Album. The Kora Awards recognised Siphokazi’s outspoken artistry in 2008 and nominated her under the Best Southern African Artist category.
Siphokazi made a remarkable comeback in 2018 with a self-titled album, which also received SAMA awards. The album is said entice peace and hope in listeners.
With Siphokazi’s dominance in the music industry, she has put her village of Lusikisiki, which gets its name from the rustling noise of reeds in a nearby marsh, onto the map of musical songstresses. She has been a prominent selling and performing artist in South African music and has shared the stage with many industry greats. Some of these artists include 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 and Angelique Kidjo, just to mention some.
Siphokazi has claimed her rightful place in the music world as one of South Africa’s musical bests. She hails from the rolling hills of Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape but sought musical refuge in Johannesburg, a dream that is now realised. Before her debut album was release, Siphokazi was a backing vocalist to some of the country’s leading singers for a number of years, but she has fully fulfilled her dream. Renowned and deserving in her own right.
Some of Siphokazi’s albums are blessed by some of South Africa’s greatest musicians and backing vocalists. These include 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 plays the guitar on the rest of the album.