Winnie Khumalo is Living Her Life


Winnie Khumalo
We might not have the X Factor in South Africa ,but for most people in the country to sign a record deal with Kalawa Jazmee Records is like winning the X Factor final.

Many people will remember groups such as Mafikizolo, Bongo Maffin, Boom Shaka and Thebe. They all became massive hits after joining the Kalawa Jazmee record label. Now, added to the list, is Winnie Khumalo.

A few words run through my mind whilst talking to the busiest female artist in town. When the legendary Oskido was on the Mansi Show last time, he said to us “I can take you now and make you a big star!”

He certainly did so with Winnie Khumalo and the question is, how did she win Oskido’s heart?

“If they compare me with Brenda I feel honoured, because she was brilliant! She was a diva and I’m not offended!”

“Oskido and Bruce were busy doing the B.O.P album, and there was something missing in one of their songs. I was sitting on the sofa, singing quietly, and I didn’t think they would hear me, but Oskido heard me! He said ‘Oh baby, that thing was so nice! Go inside and put that voice in, just as it is! Things started happening after that.'”

Winnie’s voice is not new to most people. She began her career at the tender age of 15. She has released her debut album “Hei Laithi” since then. She has worked with South African heavy weights, among them, Pure Magic, Chicco Twala, and the late Brenda Fassie. She learned a lot from Brenda as one of her backing vocalists.

“I listened to her music every day. I used to own each and every single music ya ka (of) Brenda. I was training my voice using her CDs and cassettes.”

The comparison between Brenda and Winnie Khumalo sprang up, with people saying Winnie wanted to be like Brenda.

“If they compare me with Brenda I feel honoured, because she was brilliant! She was a diva and I’m not offended!”

If there is anyone living her life through the South African music industry at the present moment, it has to be Winnie Khumalo. Her latest offering, “Live My Life”, took the music industry, locally and internationally, by storm. The song was produced by a man who has a high standard, Oskido.

“He was like, ok my baby, I’m gonna rock you, and he rocked me! Everyone loves my music and everything I’m doing. I’m living my life, my man!”

Winnie has also done some acting in her career. She appeared in the popular drama series, “Muvhango, Mponeng”, and in a movie. She is currently in talks with the former “Generation” actor, Rapulana Seiphemo, with the possibility of acting in his next movie.

“Yoo, I’m versatile, my man!” he says.



  1. Winnie. Winnie. Winnie. I bought her album last year, was very happy with the first 3 tracks then alas… not sure how to describe what happens next. There are elements of gospel and other sounds which do not match the tempo of live my life. Having said that, the live my life track and video make up for this. See the video, this woman does the ‘vuma’ dance like she was born to do it! Congratulations Winnie but less of a mixed bag next time.

    On another note, Winnie’s album is soooo 2008. Let’s talk new release. Last week I bought Thembi Seete (of Boom Shaka) and Nhlanhla Nciza’s (of Mafikizolo)new releases.

    I am still listening… Well done to them though, for different reasons. Thembi for upping her game and exercising her vocal cords for the first time! Nhlanhla for… ehm growing (be warned, her latest offering is sooo not kwaito or dance).

    Hmmm, but like I said I am still listening. Will comment further in a week or two.

  2. iwud lyk 2 say big up 2 u diva nd o ntswembu sis anywy am 4rm botswana styn in braamfontein i wud lyk u 2 feature me if u dnt mind ke shaya motswako kaito.1 of mi line… bin a long tym nna ke tsio le bolelele fa majita aka a tsio hlagelele digasho le mesela ke tsio pinelela.nd ko bots ba complaina mare mena ke a mantainer a vele mena ke tsio le entertainer

  3. I Winnie just want to say that I love your song Live my Life and I can’t find your cd with this song. I am a huge fan…and I just love that song….

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