Although she did not know that her calling lied in the soothing and soulful sounds of jazz, she later "accidentally" found her niche and she is not allowing anything to stand in her way.
Having studied music, and now ready to share her journey the best way she knows how, this remarkable well-rounded artist proclaims her composition and arrangement prowess in her latest offering titled Indlel'eyekhaya; which displays her elaborate influences by different sounds.
"I always say, if there was a course for neosoul or pop in this country, I definitely would've done that. Having said that, the beautiful thing about studying jazz is that it equips you. I've got the understanding and theory of music and you can use that across the board," she explains.
And equipped, she is!
While in university, Spha worked with "the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade" - according to Billboard - Josh Groban. She described the experience as "amazing" and Josh Groban as a "super dope and very funny, chilled guy."
Spha has also had the honour of performing and sharing stages with a myriad of respected musical greats such as, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mi Casa, Oliver Mtukudzi, Neo Muyanga, Zwai Bala and Sibongile Khumalo - to mention a few.
Her work of art
Indlel'eyekhaya is Spha's 10-track debut album. As the name suggests, the album is a personal invitation of her journey home; where she shows her vulnerability and introduces her sound.
"On the album there is a song called 'Indlela'. I had collaborated with a Norwegian piano player by the name of Andreas Loven. He had spent some time in Cape Town where I was living and was truly inspired by being in SA, he loved the music and the people, and he said that he felt like this is home. he gave me as song that didn't have lyrics and asked me to write lyrics."
A song that stands out for the musician on the album is D 103. The song is sentimental because it is her grandparent's address.
"Two weeks before the album was released my grandfather passed away and I didn't have a title for the song. So I decided to name it after their address. Interestingly enough, it is the only song on the album that doesn't have lyrics but it has been getting the most response. In some kind of a beautiful way that is affirming."
Describing the reception of her album as "overwhelmingly well", Spha says she cannot wait to interact with her fans on Saturday 31 August during her album launch at the Untitled Basement in Johannesburg,
"I've got an incredible band, really some of the finest crop of musicians in Johannesburg at the moment. I'm excited to be in the band and we're going to be performing all the songs on the album. We also have special guests, so come through on Saturday, honey," she says excitedly.
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Spha Mdlalose’s album is available on all digital platforms.
Tickets to the album launch are available on Quicket at R120 and R150 at the door. The show starts at 8pm and Spha promises that "it's gonna be a vibe!"
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