Tribute ‘Birdie’ Mboweni ~ Affrojazz (South Africa) 2016

Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things. If this saying is to go by, TributeBirdieMboweni is a true testimony to how big things can really come in small packages. With her debut album, also titled “Birdie”, Tribute has triggered an avalanche. As a singer and songwriter Birdie is proving to be a force to reckon with. Her voice is so strong, soulful and wrapped up in both neo-soul, pop world and yet so jazzy.

Birdie has joined a new breed of soul musicians that are putting their own modern take on the classic sound, and doing it justice. Her voice evokes raw, organic emotion that penetrates deep into your heart and makes you feel some type of way, however you want to define the feeling.

Recently selected to perform amongst the greatest musicians at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on the 1st April 2016, TributeBirdieMboweni is definitely the latest edition to what already is a highly competitive music scene but has fast claimed her space. This petite singer has worked diligently to carve a path that ensures that she too has a place in the music industry. She launched her album in April 2015 at a sold out Orbit Jazz restaurant in Braamfontein, Johannesburg and also at Ditsong Historical Museum in Pretoria, South Africa. In four months since the release of her debut album, Tribute Birdie Mboweni performed in big festivals including her performances at The Bushfire Festival in Swaziland at the end of May 2015, opening for Judith Sephuma at the State Theatre in Pretoria on the 18th July 2015, performing alongside South Africa’s greatest at The Premium Jazz festival at Carnival City on the 22 August 2015 and closed the year with a performance at the Annual All White Jazz Festival in Mabopane, Pretoria. It is no surprise that The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has just recently announced Tribute Birdie Mboweni as one of the artists officially booked for the festival in April 2016.

Besides this album being her debut offering, Tribute has long carved her niche as a performing artist having serenaded audiences in the Middle East (Qatar and Dubai) where she took up artist residence playing with a jazz band featuring some of South Africa’s great musicians. No stranger to the stage, she has performed at international events such as at COP17 as well as at the Earth Fest in Zambia, including a string of local concerts including the Grahamstown National Arts Festival where she gave a stellar performance and receiving great reviews for her soulful offering.

Spotted at the Born to Be Famous Showcase by Native Rhythms founder and owner, award-winning producer, Sipho Sithole aka Malambule, Tribute has recorded an album that teaches us that music recognises no barriers and can penetrate the hardest of hearts and unwrap the most hidden emotions of love long lost in despair. In her own words, Tribute testifies that she ‘found joy not in finishing the album but in the activity that went into crafting and recording it, which proved that the ultimate measure of success is the actual journey and not the destination”. Her music expresses deep feelings and is profoundly emotional, jazzy, ethno and yet so soulful. Her 16-track album is full of songs that make one instantly fall in love with TributeBirdieMboweni.