Pop Idol steps on to stage

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

After making her name in the South African Pop Idols five years ago and disappearing from the limelight, Ayanda Nhlangothi, pictured, is back on the scene with her show Ivoti , an exciting musical staged at the Catalina Theatre in Durban.

Speaking to Sowetan, Nhlangothi says she presents to the audience insight and a journey into her life as a musician.

"After being in the limelight with the pop show Idols I had to take a step back and look at my career. I felt it was too much for me. I went to the theatre and even went to Broadway. I just needed to be certain about the things I wanted."

Nhlangothi says in her show she relates to the audience things they don't know about or have never seen.

"Sooner or later we all come to realise that life is about votes - we vote with our feet, with our bums, with our cellphones, with our currency, with our cheers and now and then with a cross."

Nhlangothi's one-hander show wais written and directed by Tu Nokwe.

The show incorporates the musical influences of The Angels, Stimela, Mango Groove, Patti Nokwe, Miriam Makeba and Letta Mbulu.

Nhlangothi will tell her tale while accompanying herself on a variety of instruments. Ivoti runs until September 30.