Nandipha Pantsi
2 minute read
29 Sep 2014
6:00 pm

Idols SA’s Bongi Silinda is destined for greatness

Nandipha Pantsi

She used to be a backing vocalist for artists such as the legendary Vusi Mahlasela, Swazi Dlamini and Tshepo Mngoma. But Bongi Silinda has always dreamed of being more than the "girl at the back".

Bongi Silinda performing. Picture: Facebook

“Music has always been a big part of my life,” says the 23-year- old from Nelspruit. “But being a back-up artist fuelled my desire to make a career out of my passion and become successful in the music industry.”

Though Silinda no longer sees herself as a backing vocalist, she says it was best for her career.

“Working with Vusi Mahlasela has taught me so much. And not just about music – but about professionalism and production. If it wasn’t for singing for Vusi I wouldn’t have had the confidence to keep auditioning for Idols.”

Silinda auditioned for the 10th season of Idols SA at Carnival City in the East Rand, but was sent packing by the judges. A few weeks later she auditioned again at the State Theatre in Pretoria and got selected.

Bongi Silinda is destined for greatness. Picture: Facebook

Bongi Silinda is destined for greatness. Picture: Facebook

“I refused to believe I couldn’t sing. I wanted to prove to the judges and to myself I was talented. I felt a little bit embarrassed auditioning for the second time, but I decided to take a chance anyway.”

With a fresh new look and more determined than ever, Silinda left her heart on the stage with every one of her performances.

She stood out, not because she could clearly sing, but because she was willing to do whatever it took to win the public and the judges over, while staying true to the musician she is. “I’m inspired by divas like Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa. They always brought energy and drama to the stage. I don’t think its enough for musicians to stand there and sing. You have to entertain with your voice, your movements and even your facial expressions.”

Silinda had hoped to spend the next few years studying music, but has set her sights on a record deal.

“I spent a long time questioning whether I was ready for the music industry. But now I am more than ready.”

“I want to bring a fresh new sound to the entertainment industry and with the right platform, I know I will keep wowing the crowds.