By: Toni Benson-Rogan
Sunshine Coast Daily
August 28, 2016
VINCENT ‘Shimmy’ Jiyane knew performing was his chosen career from the moment he became a part of Soweto Gospel Choir back in 2002.
Now, 14 years later, the South African artist is a choirmaster, choreographer, tenor and dancer who loves performing for thousands of people all over the world and has worked with musical geniuses such as Bono, Stevie Wonder, Andre Rieu and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Shimmy has returned to Australia with the choir for their latest tour, Faith, a tribute of their love and faith in God.
“We just want to thank God for being there for us,” Shimmy said.
“And we also want to show the people that we want to celebrate the faith that we have in God and thank him for all that he does for us.”
He has been to many places and met many people, but the thing Shimmy loves most about performing is making his audience happy and “seeing those tears of joy coming out of their eyes because of the music that they hear and what they see on stage”.
Shimmy looks to his family and friends as inspiration, the people who supported him when he chose to begin his life as an artist and still continues to support him while he does what he loves.
His advice for aspiring artists is to study hard, go to a music school, learn to play an instrument and read sheet music.
“Be good at what you do, and also be confident in what you do,” he said.
“And never let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything.”
On August 30 and 31, Soweto Gospel Choir will be on the Sunshine Coast, playing at Caloundra on Tuesday night and Noosa on Wednesday.
The Noosa performance is nearly sold out but tickets are still available for the Caloundra show, so be fast or miss seeing Shimmy and the rest of the Soweto Gospel Choir as they touch the hearts of their audience through music and dance.