Versatility and endurance are words which best describe Phumi Maduna. Her music career spans over 2 decades and her musical gift has afforded her the privilege of touring internationally as well as working with the South African music industry’s most seasoned musicians.
She began singing at a young age and was determined to become a success in music despite reservations from an otherwise supportive mother. Phumi Maduna began her journey by joining and performing in stage-plays by renowned playwrights such as Gibson Kente and Sam Mhangwana. She later joined Amakhowa (with co-actress Brenda Fassie) and the Soul Brothers before meeting Madoda Malotana with whom she would form a Duo called ‘Cheek to Cheek’.
During their time with CCP records they released a total of 5 albums. She discovered her love for reggae music when Cheek to Cheek left CCP Records for Gallo Music. As a result of this manoeuvre, she found herself performing as a backing vocalist for Lucky Dube who, along with Richard Siluma, was the inspiration for Phumi Maduna’s first reggae album ‘Substitute’ (1991). This album would be followed by ‘Sweeter Than Ever’ and ‘Style and Fashion’ (produced by Trompies’ Eugene Mthethwa). Phumi Maduna has toured internationally and performed in countries such as Japan, The USA, The Fiji Islands, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Uganda (PAM Awards, 2004).
Phumi Maduna has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Blondie Makhene, Ali Katt, Steve Kekana, Senyaka, Sipho ‘Hot Sticks’ Mabuse, Mercy Pakela, Keith Sweat, The Commodores and Kool & the Gang. In addition to her work as a singer she invests some of her valuable time in assisting upcoming artists and helping them realize their goals and has featured in a movie called ‘Shadows of Death’. ‘Sista Phumi’ has completed 2 new full-length reggae albums; ‘Africa Unite’ and ‘Victory’ which are yet to be officially released. She will be going on a promotional tour of Africa with Lucky Dube’s the one people Band.
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