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A Chat With SA’s ‘Birdie’ Mboweni

Tribute  Mboweni has serenaded audiences in Qatar and Dubai playing with a jazz band. PHOTO | COURTESY
Tribute Mboweni has serenaded audiences in Qatar and Dubai playing with a jazz band. PHOTO | COURTESY  

It takes a very exceptional talent to emerge out of the highly competitive South African music industry. That is why the story of Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni who performed at the Women In Music concert in Nairobi last Saturday is remarkable. The ‘girl from a dusty town’ in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province has in the short space of three years gained acclaim both at home and around the continent.

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Her show in Nairobi last week was a continuation of an East African tour that started in 2016 when she performed at the Bayimba International Festival in Uganda and Karibu Festival in Tanzania.

It was in Tanzania that Mboweni met Kenyan jazz trumpeter Christine Kamau and who invited her to perform at this month’s Women in Music concert in Nairobi. This is a platform for young women artists to showcase their live concert performance skills.