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KGOMOTSO Tsatsi ismaking waves in Canada and the US with her vocal abilities and her guitar riffs, and yet no one remembers her here at home.
Tsatsi, who has been living in the Canadian city of Toronto since 2004 where her father Darius is a medical specialist, mesmerised fans this week at Monday Blues in Troyeville, Joburg.
Having quietly entered the venue with a friend, guitar in hand, she was introduced as a first-timer at Monday Blues, a music session started by arts all- rounder Peter Makurube more than 10 years ago.
Without uttering a word, she went on stage as the last act at about 1am and mesmerised the audience with her music.
They gave her a standing ovation.
In Canada and the US Tsatsi is a big star who qualified for the finals of the US World Showcase in 2007, a competition that carried prize money of more than R750000 . She made it to the top 20 from about 40000 competitors who auditioned.
She performs frequently in Canada, the US and France. Tsatsi became the youngest person when, at the age of 16, she landed in the top 10 of South Africa's Pop Idols competition in 2003.
Tsatsi matriculated at Roedean High School in Johannesburg with six distinctions.
She is quoted on the Toronto Today website as saying: "The blues is where all music began. It tells the human story of pain and suffering, that's why everyone can relate to it. Especially as an African, I find that blues with its African-American roots is so easy for me to relate to."