UPCOMING house music artiste 22-year-old Qeqeshiwe Mntambo wrote her own piece of history when she gathered all her courage to mesmerise South Africa’s most decorated musicians Kalawa Jamzee, including its founder Zimbabwea-born Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa.
The Bulawayo-born starlet performed her wave-making singles Hlanyis’ Umoya and Phuma Kum’ which left the Kalawa crew hypnotised as they mistook the tracks for a Mzansi production.
She is probably one of the few local artistes to be thrown a golden opportunity to perform at the much-hyped recent Kalawa homecoming shows that took Bulawayo’s showbiz by storm.
The singer’s marketing manager Nkosi Masuku said: “Even the Kalawa crew were mesmerised as they approached us after the show and asked whether she was lip-singing an original song from Mzansi.”
“Her single Hlanyis’ Umoya – a club banger, is making waves on local radio stations and taking from her performance at the Kalawa show she is poised to be a force to reckon with at both local and regional scenes.”
Qeqe — as the musician is affectionately known — is no newcomer in entertainment circles as she has played lead role as Suku in a local drama Suku — which saw her clinching outstanding actress in Nama 2013.
She also played Thuli in the rejuvenated Stitsha — a musical original written by veteran playwright Cont Mhlanga and later reworked by Sihlangu Dlodlo under Qhube Productions.
The multi-talented artiste was also part of Sandra Ndebele’s Intombi Zomqangala which toured Germany, Austria and Russia in 2010.
The Cowdray Park-born diva who sings Afro-house and jazz under the mentorship of SMOG record label is a member of Defined House — a membership-based Bulawayo music outfit that natures upcoming musicians.
She told Southern Eye Lifestyle that although singing is her pastime she only took it professionally two years ago after discovering her amazing talent in singing.
“I have always loved singing as I recorded two singles with Ingwe Studios when I was only 10 years old,” she said.
“After that I concentrated on my school work, but now I am taking music as a career hence I am dedicating my time to it as I want to bring a new flair to local music.”
The multi-talented artiste is grateful to her parents whom she says gave her unwavering support towards discovering her talent in the arts.
She envisages releasing more singles this year before she drops her debut album.