From jazz star to sobbing cafe help

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

A remarkable jazz artist is working in a small fast food outlet as her career takes a knock.

Wanda Baloyi, who recently shot to fame while working with jazz juggernauts such as Jimmy Dludlu and Lira, is going through rainy days.

The former member of all-girl group Ghetto Luv was recently spotted toiling behind the counter in a small cafe in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Baloyi, the daughter of Cape Town-based singer Jaco Maria, is helping her mother, Joyce Baloyi, to prepare and serve fast food to students.

The fabulous artist was catapulted into the limelight with her two albums, So Amazing and Voices.

She also earned a fortune after collaborating with Thembi Seete on Yizo Yizo 2.

But those days are far gone and the once glamorous artist seems to be sinking knee-deep into a mire of poverty.

When quizzed about her woes yesterday, Baloyi burst into tears.

She said it had nothing to do with her musical career.

"I am helping my mother out and I don't see anything wrong with that.

"This is a funny world. I am an individual. You don't know where else my income is coming from," she said during a telephone interview.

Baloyi said she was working on an album but could not say when it was expected to be released.

Asked if there was any substance to talk of her financial woes the sobbing muso said: "I feel like this is a bombardment.

"What I do in Braamfontein has got nothing to do with you. I have nothing further to say to you."