BIOGRAPHY

Young, African, seasoned singer-song writer Tsholofelo is nothing short of a wonder in the
alternative music world. She was born in Richards Bay, North Coast of the Kwa-Zulu Natal
Province in South Africa, later relocating with her parents as a young girl to the city of lights,
Johannesburg. Eclectic is a word she says best describes her sound, and as with many
musicians, Tsholofelo passionately confesses that music has always been escapism and a
form of teleportation to which she’s connected with from as young as she can remember.

“I remember the day my family found out I could actually sing. I was chilling at home with
three of my cousins who happened to be avid Beyoncé fans, we all were. Anyway, they
would pretend to be holding microphones and they’d sing along, I then also joined in the
singing, to which they stopped and asked who just sang? I felt shy because I thought I was
messing the song up, then they asked me to sing and I did…the next thing they ran to the
other room to call my mother who then made me sing solo for them. I think that pretty much
covers the beginning of my life as a musician.”
Tsholofelo studied music formally at the University of KwaZulu Natal, where she obtained
her BA Music degree, BA Hons Music (cum laude) and has currently enrolled for her Master
of Arts in popular music. Her sound is largely influenced by the alternative/urban r&b/soul
soundscape, jazz, indie/folk music etc. Her sonic inspirations include Robert Glasper,
Lianne La Havas, Adele, Laura Mvula, the list goes on. Because of the vastness of this
soundscape, she has worked tirelessly towards creating music just as broad, just as honest
and just as authentic as her innermost being. She is a seasoned artist who has been
involved in the Durban music scene as a solo performer for quite some time. Among her
most notable performances are; the KZNSA Gallery where she opened for SAMA (South
African Music Awards) nominated all female jazz band, Heels Over Head, popular Durban
music venues such as the Jazzy Rainbow, The Bat Center, and UKZN’s prestigious Jazz
Center. Furthermore, she has performed in Johannesburg’s Regenesys Business School
during the “Billionaires Under Construction conference”, at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria for
a crowd of over 3,000 on the same stage as international investor, speaker, and author,
Robert Kiyosaki, but to name a few. Most recently, Tsholofelo was selected to perform at
The 45 th National Arts Festival 2019 that takes place in Makhanda (formerly known as
Grahamstown) as part of the Fringe Contemporary Music programme.
Tsholofelo’s debut album titled, ”Becoming” ,is available for purchase and streaming on all
major digital outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, and Apple Music.

 

 

 

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