Jessica Mbangeni was born and raised in Ngqamakhwe, in the Eastern Cape. It was her grandmother’s storytelling which was always fused with traditional Xhosa singing, that played an important role in her career as a praise-poet – imbongi.
In 1999, she moved to Johannesburg and attended a School of Performing Arts headed by Gibson Kente. She made her mark as a praise-singer when she joined Soweto Gospel Choir in 2002, touring the world in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and performing in 37 North American cities in 2005 alone.
Some of Mbangeni’s career highlights include performing at the prestigious 46664 concert in Cape Town and the South African President, Thabo Mbeki’s second inauguration in 2004.
When not making music, Mbangeni writes and performs poetry in her native Xhosa language throughout the country & the world. She has also showcased her acting at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, has performed in Edinburgh Festival in Scotland celebrating South Africa 10 years of democracy, sharing a stage with Letta Mbuli and Caiphus Semenya in a musical called Once We’re Free. She has recently performed at the much celebrated event, Madiba the African Opera at the Pretoria State Theatre, honouring the life and times of South Africa’s former & first democratically elected president Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. The shows was showcasing Madiba’s life & roots in Mqhekezweni, Mthatha. She also just returned from performing at the Africa Festival in Wutzburg, Germany.
In 2006, Mbangeni founded KwaNtu Entertainment & Designs agency, which is focused on getting local South African talent exposed through international television shows, local and international television adverts, international theatre and corporate shows.
Mbangeni has featured as an actress in the television drama, Soul City, in the comedy series, Emzini Wezinsizwa, and has featured extensively in television commercials for international brands. In 2011, she featured as thelead actress in The Letter, staged at Joburg’s Windybrow Theatre.
The list of things this beautiful African heroine is growing and we wish her all the best in all as she continues flying the African flag and that her Xhosa heritage & culture… Ntinga Ntakandini!!!
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