GUGU SHEZI

Born in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, KwaMashu, Gugu was raised in Inanda where she started singing at an early age at church, in school choirs and community groups. In 2000 she moved to Johannesburg and entered the first season of Idols, which signalled the start of her music career.

Since then Gugu has worked as a backing vocalist for Mafikizolo, Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma, Thandiswa Mazwai and a host of South Africa’s finest musicians. Amongst her theatre appearances she counts the Market Theatre production of “Songs of Migration” (directed by James Ngcobo), where she was featured alongside Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo and Gloria Bosman and the 2014 production of “Songs from Jazztown”, also directed by James Ngcobo. Her work as a backing vocalist also found her on international stages with the likes of Busi Mhlongo, Jabu Khanyile, Sibongile Khumalo and Hugh Masekela. In 2016 Gugu signed to Boom.Studio and released her debut studio solo recording Umoya, a brilliant mix of Afro-soul, Urban Zulu Pop and township sensibilities. Since the she has had the opportunity to perform her own music as a solo artist at a few impressive events around the country. In 2018 Gugu’s performance schedule has picked up beautifully. The most notable of her recent performances were at the African Philanthropy Forum, Wine Women and Jazz and the 21st Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. “What I love about music is that it gives me a sense of freedom and takes me to places of happiness that I cannot describe, I am able to express my feelings and the response from the audience is fulfilling” Gugu enthused after one of her performances.