Ten­der­ing her am­bi­tious voice for Mzansi

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The Voice SA Sea­son 2 con­tes­tant Ten­der Mavundla is so hun­gry to be crowned the win­ner that she even vi­su­alises her­self singing the win­ning song.

Even though she faced a de­mand­ing day as the last eight par­tic­i­pants of The Voice were con­fined to hec­tic re­hearsals, Mavundla (35) gave City Press a mo­ment to chat about her ab­sorb­ing life story and her vi­sion.

Get­ting so far in the com­pe­ti­tion has not been easy, she says, as it sig­nals the be­gin­ning of the bru­tal bat­tle for the throne.

She’s from KwaNositha vil­lage in Port Shep­stone, kwazulu-na­tal, and is no­body’s patsy – she has a lot of fire in her belly and is driven by her pas­sion for mu­sic. This ex­plains why she is the only black African singer still stand­ing in the top eight.

“I am so over­whelmed be­cause I am the only black African singer in here … and they sing, these peo­ple,” she says.

“I en­tered this com­pe­ti­tion know­ing that I am a win­ner, and I am tak­ing this one home with me,” says Mavundla as she closes her eyes, vi­su­al­is­ing her vic­tory.

She says she has her aunt to thank for her gutsy per­son­al­ity – she groomed her dur­ing her pri­mary school years in the vil­lage. She joined her par­ents in Ga­malakhe town­ship, near Mar­gate on the Hibiscus Coast, in 1996, where she com­pleted high school.

The singer re­calls be­ing ac­tively in­volved in stage plays and gospel choir mu­sic in school. She even won SABC1’s Jam Al­ley Megas­tar com­pe­ti­tion. She then pur­sued her tal­ent with vigour, gar­ner­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like be­com­ing a back-up singer for leg­ends such as Ray Phiri of Stimela, hav­ing a stint in Mthunzi Namba’s Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion gospel project and work­ing with the late gospel singer Lundi Tya­mara. She also made it into the top four of Idols SA.

“If I win this com­pe­ti­tion, I plan to move to Johannesburg to make my own al­bum,” Mavundla says, adding that she is ready to set­tle in Jozi with her fam­ily.

When asked who in­spires her, she says pow­er­ful women with great voices such as the late Whit­ney Hous­ton, Tina Turner, Than­diswa Mazwai and Kelly Khu­malo.

“I am quite sure I will meet [Khu­malo] one day,” she says, adding that she has al­ready met Mazwai.

The fates of Mavundla, Fat­man, Craig Lu­cas, Sa­man­tha Leonard, PJ Pre­to­rius, Luke Love­more, Josh Ans­ley and Caro­line Brus­sow are now in the hands of the South African pub­lic.

Ev­ery Sun­day af­ter the show, view­ers can vote for her by SMS or WeChat (adding MnetTv to vote for free) by mes­sag­ing the num­ber 12 to 33692. Lines close on Tues­days at 10pm.

PHOTO: CATHY PIN­NOCK

THE SCORE Ten­der Mavundla is in the top eight

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