Gugu Shezi

Gugu Shezi

Genre: Afro-soul, Urban Zulu pop
Born: September 2nd
Star sign: Virgo
Birthplace: eNanda KZN
Home town: KwaMashu, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

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  1. 1. Lendoda
  2. 2. Esithenjini
  3. 3. Yimi lo
  4. 4. Umakhwapheni ft Hugh Masekela
  5. 5. Umoya
  6. 6. Ngekazakushiye
  7. 7. Ngumt’omnyama
  8. 8. Fly Away
  9. 9. Izikinga
  10. 10. Udumo

Biography

Gugu Shezi, was born in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, KwaMashu raised e Nanda where she started singing at an early age at church, in school choirs and community groups.

In 2000 Gugu moved to Johannesburg where she entered the first season of Idols which signalled the start of her music career.

Gugu worked as a backing vocalist for Mafikizolo, Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Thandiswa Mazwai and many others.

Gugu has also appeared in the Market Theatre production of “Songs of Migration” alongside Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman and director James Ngcobo, as well as “Jazztown” amongst many other theatre productions.

Internationally Gugu has travelled the world touring with Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, the late Busi Mhlongo and Jabu Khanyile and others.

In 2016 Gugu signed to Boom.Studio and has released “Umoya” a brilliant mixture of Afro-soul, Urban Zulu pop, which is definitely the best work of her career to date.

Produced by Khaya Mthiyane and co-written by Gugu and Khaya, “Umoya” also features guest appearances from Hugh Masekela.

A confident, powerful performer with Gugu Shezi has paid her dues and is now ready to take on the world.

Influences

Gugu’s singing talent was first discovered singing in church choirs. Other important musical influences include Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Khadja Nin, Salif Keita, Busi Mhlongo and of course the legendary Brenda Fassie.

Says Gugu “I’ve always loved raw originality which has influenced my own unique singing style.

Dreams

My dreams are bigger than life. I want to have a family one day but I always say I belong to the world and the bigger stages that await me.

I’d love to perform and share the stage with great international artists as well as South African legends such as Thandiswa and Mbuso Khoza.

Like all musicians, I dream of winning a Grammy and on a personal level I have ambitions to creating a foundation for underprivileged children.

Breakthrough moments

Professionally being noticed by Hugh Masekela which led me to doing session work with established artists.

From there my career elevated to regular theatre work.

I’m very proud of my 2006 debut album Gugulam which was nominated for both SAMA and Metro Awards, and now many years later I’m building on that with the release of “Umoya”.

I always like to emphasize that I’m a true child of God!