Kwaito queen makes a come-back


CHARITY MPALA, aka Chets, the queen of kwaito who had been on a two-year musical sabbatical nursing her baby boy, is back in the music scene.


The Bulawayo-born star told Southern Eye Lifestyle she took a break when she got pregnant and has been taking care of her son Thabo Ngwenya.

She made a comeback at a show in Hwange on April 26 at Truck Inn and promises fireworks to fans.

“I have been quiet because I now have a baby. I just want my fans to know that I am back and I am back with a bang, I promise them fireworks as the queen of kwaito,” she said.

The kwaito artiste (24) curtain-raised for South African group Big Nuz at the Bulawayo City Hall in 2010 in an event organised by Siyaya Performing Arts director Saimon Mambazo.

In 2012 Mpala warmed up revellers at Horizon Bar and Restaurant before Teargas — one of South Africa’s prominent hip-hop groups — performed in an event promoted by the 3D family.

Her music career started in 2007 when she recorded her first album titled Z’shubile which was released in 2011 and was launched at the Wild Thing night club at the Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, and Walkers Pub in Bulawayo.

Mpala has worked with different producers and artistes such as DJ Face, Mjox, 2nice, Sbaly, Tpie and Jabu.

She performed in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2012, after Namibian promoters recognised her great talent during a show at a local club in Bulawayo.

Mpala is a former Bulawayo Musician’s Association secretary and is inspired by the late Brenda Fassie. She recognised her musical talent at a tender age of 13.

“I was inspired by Brenda Fassie and realised my talent when I was 13, the kasi life inspired me to sing kwaito,” she said.

She is currently working on three singles — Umfazi, Kangiphel’ umoya and iBosso — set to be released in June.