Singing past her dis­abil­ity

Sunday Times - - NEWS - By TASCHICA PIL­LAY

Don’t you dare tell Siphokazi Stofu the voice has no power.

The Johannesburg woman has used her res­onat­ing, rich op­er­atic voice to help her over­come a dis­abil­ity caused by tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. Stofu’s singing tal­ent won the hearts of judges on e.tv’s tal­ent search show SA’s Got

Tal­ent — and to­day she will ap­pear in the semi­fi­nals.

Stofu, 23, a BTech stu­dent in vo­cal art per­for­mance, was born with spinal cur­va­ture and, at the age of 12, was di­ag­nosed with TB in her spine.

“As a lit­tle girl I would fall all the time. My mother took me for tests and I was found to have TB in my spine. I un­der­went two spinal op­er­a­tions and I was there­after un­able to par­tic­i­pate in any sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at school. I de­cided to join the choir.”

The Davey­ton mother said she came from a fam­ily who loved singing. It was this love of mu­sic that helped her to fight any dif­fi­cul­ties she en­coun­tered.

“I don’t al­low my­self to be­lieve that I can’t do some­thing. Al­though I can’t stand for too long, dance for too long or walk long dis­tances be­cause of my lim­ited move­ment of the spine, if there is some­thing I can’t do, I push my­self to do it more un­til I am able to do it,” she said.

The semi­fi­nals of SA’s Got Tal­ent will air at 6pm this evening.

Siphokazi Stofu on ’SA’s Got Tal­ent’

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