Tell us a little about your hometown and where you grew up.
I was born in Alice, Eastern Cape in South Africa. It is a very small town with absolutely nothing interesting to do.
What were your fondest childhood memories?
When I moved to Johannesburg and finally met her, I was happy when I heard she needed dancers. That was like a dream to me.
Have you always known that you were meant to be a performer?
I always wanted to be in the spotlight since childhood, but as a dancer not singer.
When did you join the Choir?
I joined the choir in 2002 just after I left UMOJA.
How did your first audition go?
Loads of people came for auditions and I was one of the chosen.
What has been your favourite memory from trips abroad with the Choir? Have there been any particular countries that stand out?
I have always loved Fiji for its lovely and warm reception we receive from the people there, and the fun we have. But, I love and respect America when it comes to music—it’s always challenging to sing for them because of their experience in music.
What do you miss most about home when you are away touring with the Choir?
It’s not a pleasant feeling to be away from home, we have kids, spouses…I always miss my daughter. I sometimes feel bad when I think that she was only 5 years old when I started touring with the choir. Now she’s a big gal.
When not performing, what are some of the things you do on tour to keep yourself busy/sane?
Shopping is what keeps me busy when I’m not performing and sometimes I go to the movies.
What artists past or present have inspired you? Is there a particular artist you would love the Choir to collaborate with in the future?
I wish one day Kirk Franklin could just drop his choir and use Soweto Gospel Choir. Could be a good experience and we’ll definitely take over.
Who are you closest with amongst the Choir members?
I’m close to everyone because we are a family.
What are your all-time favourite SGC songs to perform in concert? Why?
I still love the songs we did years ago when the choir started. Those songs made us who we are today and the voices were still raw compared to now, which was good African sound…songs like Vuma, Noyana, Zanele, Khumbaya, Holy City etc.
If you were not with the Choir, what would you be doing and why?
I wanted to do Journalism when I was still in school; I loved reading articles about celebrities. I didn’t know one day they’ll be reading about me.
What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it and would you recommend it for others to see?
I watched Why Did I get Married Too? when I was on tour in the US. It was so romantic, can’t tell you why, hee he hee…. and I think it’s educational for couples.
What is something people would be surprised to find out about you?
People don’t know that I’m a different person at home; I’m not what they see on stage. I’m more reserved and shy…I give time to love and expect to receive it back, ha haaa…
What is the number one misconception non-South Africans have about your country?
Non South Africans think we are from the bushes and that we can’t speak English. That’s where they go wrong.
What is your best joke?
I’m not good with jokes—I can laugh till I cry when one shares a joke.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I dislike cats and dogs, just can’t stand them! Don’t even need them in my house.
If you could pick one song to be the “theme song” of your life and how you live it, what would it be and why
I listen to a lot to love songs, I can’t tell you my favorite because I’ll be playing it on my wedding day one day…*smiling*.
Lastly, what is the meaning of life?
God gave us a brain to use…so live life to the fullest. I’m enjoying mine, and I thank God for all my blessings.
All photos courtesy of Jeho Fata.