Metro FM Music Award winner to perform live with a five piece band in Johannesburg.
Multi-award winning jazz musician, MIMI, is set to perform live at Leano in Braamfontein on March 18. Together with a five piece band, the consummate singer/songwriter, also known for her hit song Goodbye Loneliness, will grace the stage with songs from both her albums Essence Of My Soul and Your Love.
“I can’t wait to also share some new music. Writing my own music gives me the chance to express myself with authenticity and to sing about my life's stories, experiences and my observations,” says MIMI.
Coming out of the pandemic, this distinctive and versatile jazz artist will draw in the crowd with emotion driven music.
“I can’t wait for people to hear me perform live. The pandemic took the experience of being able to enjoy music together physically in one room away and this is one of those opportunities I am excited to have. To be able to stand in front of a crowd and share my craft and add joy to people is something I always enjoy,” she says.
The star’s performance at Leano Restaurant & Live Music at 81 De Korte St, Braamfontein,will start at 7pm. Tickets are available on Quicket at R300 per person.
Leano Restaurant & Live Music has seen multiple stars perform there such as Simphiwe Dana, Msaki, Benjamin Dube and Nathi Mankayi; now, it's MIMI’s turn to shine.
MIMI is no stranger to performing, she has shared the stage with renowned stars like Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu, Themba Mkhize, Khadja Nin, Rita Marley, Joe McBride, Lauryn Hill and many more. Born and raised East of Johannebsurg, MIMI says her love for music was cultivated daily at home.
“My love for music got cultivated right at home. There was always music around me, be it just playing in the background or my late mom teaching my siblings and I new songs,” says MIMI.
“My first performance was when I was 12 years old, at my teacher's wedding. I sang When a child is born. I remember I was wearing blue palazzo pants and a white blouse. It’s a day I will never forget.”
It isn’t surprising that this songstress was performing in front of crowds from a tender age. Like many artists from John Legend to Whitney Houston her career started in church.
“I used to sing duets with my older brother at church, enter singing school competitions and I also loved being part of my community choir. This all developed my passion and love for this craft.”
Before she even knew or understood the genre, MIMI loved its style which entails improvisation, scatting and phrasing. She was drawn to singers that were influenced by jazz music.
“After matric, I then decided to study music at The University of Cape Town where I graduated with a Bmus honors in Vocal Jazz,” she says.
This marked an upward journey in the music industry.
In no time she has created music that has caught the attention of the country and music executives. She won the Best Jazz Album and the Multilingualism and Nation Building Female Artist of the Year at the Metro FM Music Awards as well as the Best Female Jazz for Mzansi Jazz Awards.
Jazz music is a continuously burgeoning genre that requires exceptional storytelling and powerful vocals and MIMI is a master of both. Her music is available on all major online music streaming platforms and her CD’s are available in stores. You may want to hear this talent for yourself.