On Friday I went to Swazi Dlamini’s Full Circle Series intimate concert at Emoyeni in Parktown (beautiful venue) and I was reminded once again of the great musical talent that we have in South Africa. The Full Circle is a series of shows that Swazi started last year to commemorate her 10 years as a solo artist.
Lupi Ngcayisa who is her friend MC’d (or rather introduced her) the event. Swazi came in a beautiful white dress and started off her set with gospel songs including a very moving rendition of The Lord’s Prayer. She also did jazz influenced twists to classics such as Yek’ubuhle.
After a short break and a quick outfit change, Swazi returned to the stage to do songs from her secular discography. These included Yekel’uganga and Ain’t No Sunshine for which her husband Tsepho Mngoma joined her on stage. The Lupi-penned Umqondisi and Thabo Mbeki inspired I Am An African proved to be fan favourites from this set.
Swazi Dlamini doing what she does best.
Throughout the show Ntokozo Mbambo, her husband Nqubeko Mbatha as well as Nokukhanya Dlamini and Sfiso Khanyile had been making noise so Swazi decided to flip the script on them and commanded them to join her on stage. Together they sang Letta Mbuli’s Music In The Air as well as Joy’s Paradise Road. They sounded extremely beautiful considering that they hadn’t rehearsed.
Swazi with Nokukhanya Dlamini, Lupi Ngcayisa, Nqubeko Mbatha and a very slimmed down Ntokozo Mbambo.
Though there weren’t many people, Swazi put on an amazing show. She proved once again that she is one of the South African music industry’s gems and a formidable force on stage. Swazi’s production company Swazitainment Productions is currently hosting concerts in collaboration with Lion of Africa Insurance at the Yamaha Theatre and their headlining act on the 30th of May will be The Muffinz. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, check out THIS PERFORMANCE of Yekel’uganga from Swazi at last year’s Joy of Jazz.
Pics via Swazitainment Productions and Lupi Ngcayisa