Portia teams up with Stimela
STIMELA are cementing their legacy in the only artistic way possible - by recruiting young artists to keep up their name for the next 30 years.
A sign of this is in the recruitment or blooding of the highly creative Portia Sibiya, who has been lucky to join a band that was formed three years before she was born.
The band was formed in 1982. The 27- year-old bass guitarist was spotted by the band's lead vocalist and legend Ray Phiri during a music concert in 2010.
Phiri, who was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Music Awards, said Stimela was "an institute which keeps its legacy alive by empowering young people", and moulds the African child.
Making a comparison with Mozart, Phiri said: "It is important to celebrate our music and musicians, especially young ones."
Sibiya's first appearance with Stimela was during the launch of A Life Time at the Market Theatre in 2010.
"One day I was performing at Birchwood Hotel in Kempton Park and Ray Phiri was there," she said. "I do not know how he got my number, but two weeks later I received a call from him. He said he had an offer I could not refuse, and I laughed before I could ask him to identify himself. When he said he was Ray Phiri I screamed."
Sibiya has been playing bass since 2004 and has toured with the Basadi Women's Band internationally and has performed with the likes of Tshepo Tshola. She recently started her own band, called Colours of Africa, and also does corporate gigs.
"The reason I started my own band is because I want to interact with the audience more. That feeling is what keeps me alive on stage and as a musician."