Zami Mdingi is no newcomer to the scene. Having performed with some of the leading lights of the South African music industry – including Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse – Zami also provided the vocals for the Spencer Mbadu Sextet at the 2006 Cape Town International Jazz Festival to critical acclaim, proving she’s a vocalist of real range and depth.
Zami’s debut album, ‘Shades of Me’, was released in 2006. The 14-track offering lays bare the considerable talent of a singer that many in the industry have been aware of for some years. It was with the renowned Spencer Maduma Sextet that Zami first road-tested several of the songs on ‘Shades Of Me’, including ‘Ithonga Lam’, which appears on the album in two versions – a hip-hop mix and a house mix, both of which shine the spotlight on her unmatched versatility as a singer.
Zami has the astonishing ability to tackle everything from jazz to African, dance, R&B, traditional music and more; all blended together into a unique sound that really represents who she is as an artist.