Bring­ing the beat

DRUM - - Out And About - BY QHAMA DAYILE

SAY her name in Venda, Lim­popo, and fans start singing her praises. She’s been com­pared to late stars Lebo Mathosa and Brenda Fassie. And she tested her diva-like ten­den­cies by show­ing up at this year’s Pha­laphala FM Royal Her­itage Fes­ti­val in a royal chair car­ried by se­cu­rity guards.

MAKHADZI MUIMBI (22) be­lieves en­ter­tain­ment is a calling. We catch up with the young singer.

PEO­PLE YOU’D LOVE TO COL­LAB­O­RATE WITH?

DJ TIRA is my role model. He’s hard-work­ing and is good at spot­ting ta­lent. DJ MAPHORISA – he’s ver­sa­tile and can make any sound work.

Prince Kay­bee’s story in­spires me. He started out in a com­pe­ti­tion and he made the most of it – look at him now.

DJ GANYANI be­cause he’s also from Lim­popo and al­ways rep­re­sents home well.

I’d also say SHO MAD­JOZI but that dream has al­ready come true! I have one song with her, Ro Rali, and will be re­leas­ing an­other one ti­tled Lim­popo Cham­pi­ons League in No­vem­ber.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY?

Mu­sic is my life and it al­ways changes my mood.

Danc­ing – I started out as a dancer at the age of 12. I’d run away from home and dance at the mall for money.

I love drama, which is what I’m cur­rently study­ing at The State The­atre in Pre­to­ria. And, lastly, be­ing around pos­i­tive peo­ple.

WISE RULES YOU LIVE BY?

Al­ways re­main hum­ble. Re­mem­ber where you come from. Al­ways stay true to your­self.

OF THE BEST PLACES YOU’VE PER­FORMED AT?

I per­formed in France last year and got in an air­plane for the first time in my life. I sang in Tshiv­enda. I thought they wouldn’t love my mu­sic as they don’t un­der­stand the lan­guage but the crowd went in­sane.

I also loved per­form­ing at the Royal Her­itage Fes­ti­val – I killed it.

THING YOU DO EV­ERY DAY?

I gym ev­ery day, even week­ends, in the morn­ing and the evening. I have a per­sonal trainer and he makes sure I don’t gain weight.

She’s the new singer fly­ing the Venda flag high, but Makhadzi Muimbi still has her feet on the ground. She’d like to col­lab with some of the best mu­sos in Mzansi, like fel­low Lim­popo na­tive DJ Ganyani (RIGHT). MAKHADZI MUIMBI DJ TIRA DJ GANYANI

SHO MAD­JOZI

DJ MAPHORISA

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