Debut album shows promise

GOSPEL artist Jewess Busisiwe Tafeni hopes to enchant the world with her her debut album.

GOSPEL artist Jewess Busisiwe Tafeni hopes to enchant the world with her her debut album.

The Soshanguve, Pretoria, artist, who started out as a backing singer, says she is ready to take on the world as a recording artist.

"My music is about the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us on the cross. In the title track, Bemdudula, I say let us know where we come from," Tafeni, pictured, said.

"In I Need Thee I sing about the personal blessings I enjoy with my family because of my faith. I have had challenges in my life but I have managed to overcome them."

Tafeni was born in Soshanguve, near Pretoria. Her father was the late Reverend Evangel Malamb. From her early years in the church Tafeni enjoyed singing.

She often stood near her father when he was preaching from the pulpit. She also has fond memories of singing with her grandmother, whom she regards as an angel.

It was through singing that she communicated with God, especially when her parents were travelling spreading His word.

Tafeni started singing professionally in 1989 with the group Impulse. She started as a backing singer in 1994 and quickly moved up to be one of the group's lead singers.

Her singing took her to Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the US.

Tafeni's husband Peter produced her debut album.

"Sometimes we fight in the studio, but it is always about making the product better, and it is healthy," Peter said.

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