Sat Sep 23 16:39:33 SAST 2017

Mavukela wakes up from slumber with a bang

By Patience Bambalele | 2017-09-09 08:44:46.0

Afro-jazz singer Philisiwe Mavukela had given up on having a music career when she received a lifeline.

The muso started performing in 2007 but took a break in 2014 due to depression. Her attempts to break into the music industry had come to naught.

While sitting at home last year, she got a welcomed surprise when well-known talent scout, Fourie Mfiki, gave her a chance to prove herself.

Now Mavukela is excited that her first extended play albumUbuhle Bendalo - comprised of six songs - has finally been released.

"It is a huge relief to finally release my mini album after being frustrated by the industry for many years. I am happy that people can now listen to the music I composed."

She adds: "It was not an easy decision but I took a break because I was really frustrated. I had a burning passion for music but people kept failing me."

Though she was not performing, Mavukela did not stop composing music because it was haunting her.

Now that she has finally launched her career, the singer, songwriter and performer is building her brand.

Born and bred in Katlehong on the East Rand, she defines her music style as a fusion of Afro-soul, R&B and jazz.

Her songs are about her life experiences while growing up. She says she finds it easy to write about her own pain, instead of fantasis ing.

Her music has a distinct African flavour, combined with high-energy guitars , drums, percussions and melodious vocals .

"It is easy to sing about something you have experienced.

"Even when you sing on stage you sing it with conviction," she says.

"Writing about my own pain may encourage others not to give up in life. If I was able to overcome the hardships, you can also do it."

The 28-year-old says composing songs about herself has its challenges, especially when she performs, it always reminds her of her past.

Mavukela says she developed an interest in music from a young age, singing in a school choir.

In 2009 she completed a three-year jazz and opera music course and started writing songs.

She looks forward to dazzle music lovers at Moshito Showcase tomorrow night at Bassline, Newtown.