“For as long as I remember, I loved music, even though growing up my siblings and I were not exposed to any medium such as television,” says singer-songwriter Sasa Mamzangwa Jobodwana.
“The only time was when my dad would play his jazz, I guess that’s where I picked up a note,” she adds.
“I never discovered that I could pursue music as a career because I used to not love the attention to be on me, but as I grew I learned to get used to it, as people always asked me to perform.
“I decided not take it as a career, but more as a lifestyle. I would be called to perform at weddings, school performances and local shows”.
The independent artist has performed on acclaimed festival stages such as Macufe in Bloemfontein, The Umtiza Arts Festival and the National Arts Festival in Makhanda.
“East London does not have a solid music industry yet, it has musically-talented people that happen to write music or be in the art. We just do our best to master the craft and hope there is someone out there that notices our talent,” Jobodwana said.
Her experience in her budding music career includes opening for SA’s afro-soul heartthrob Nathi Mankayi and vocal powerhouse Zonke Dikana.
The multifaceted singer said she would like to write songs with multi-award winning musician, Mankayi and hip hop artist Anatii.
“I would like to release my own single in the near future.
“ I would also like to be that artist that will get people to travel down to East London to listen to my music.
“ In that way I can create a social music hub and create employment for fellow aspiring artists.
“My vision is to change the world one song at a time. All my songs inspire, celebrate, motivate. They tell people not to worry, because God is there.
“I love music, because I believe that is the only things that changes people’s perspective – music heals. I love music, it is a lifestyle I will do it for as long as I can,” said Jobodwana.