THABISA’s story begins in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Born and raised by her grandparents in KwaZakhele township, she could always be found singing and dancing outside her home. Neighbors gave her the name “Little Brenda” for the legendary South African pop star Brenda Fassie.
In 2012 she entered the national singing competition, Idols South Africa, and finished in the Top 18. The following year, she signed on with the independent record label Tammy Music and produced two albums, Eyodidi (2015) and The Journey (2013).
Thabisa received a nomination for Best Video at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) for the song “Vula” off her first album, The Journey. Musically, she finds inspiration from the likes of Miriam Makeba and Billy Holiday, and has shared a stage with living legends Caiphus Simenya, Bebe and Cece Winans, Thandiswa Mazwai and Freshly Ground.
Thabisa currently lives with her family in the United States. "What makes my music worthwhile, is the opportunities it opens for me to work with children and inspire them to dream big" she explained. THABISA volunteers with children using music, cultural exchange, and story-telling.
THABISA traveled along the coast and shared her music in the Eastern Cape and landed in PSJ where she started a band. She traveled to surrounding cities throughout the Eastern Cape area, Durban and Cape Town performing. During that time, THABISA took part in the IdolsSA competition where she reached the top 18. She is also most passionate and involved in Children's/youth volunteering programs, performing at schools in the Eastern Cape, motivating pupils and Teachers. Since August 2012 THABISA and the band has performed at The Heritage Day Music Festival, with Zonke and Ringo and at The Wild Coast Cultural Festival. Currently Thabisa has released her debut album under an independent label Tammy Music and music is distributed by Next Music. You can find her music at Musica and Dakota Stores also on iTunes, Kalahari.com and Amazon
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