Who’s Upstairs: Mae Sithole

sithole2Mae Sithole will be launching her album ‘First Glance’ at Alexander Upstairs on the 20th of December.

Home town?
Harare , ZW

Tell us a little more about your show?
It is a musical journey that paints a fusion of African sounds with international music. The music comes from the heart and it speaks about the beauty of life.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
We will have two concerts in Harare, Zimbabwe before returning to Cape Town to promote the album in South Africa. Bush Radio are hosting us on Thursday at 10:30 am for a live session.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
Wow!!! That is to tour the world to bring more colours to the world through music.

How did you get into theatre(or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
I have been singing since I was four. Haha, well I used to sing and dance along to Tina Turner as a child. In primary school, CHIPAWO (Children’s Performing Arts Workshop) trained me to perform music, dance and theatre. I played the lead in a children’s television series, Chipo and the Bird. This theatre production series told the story of the African princess, Chipo, who lived at the legendary Great Zimbabwe. Thereafter, I received musical training in school and played a number of roles including the Ethiopian adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof as Chava. Andrew Baird (award winning music producer, songwriting trainer) and Bonnie Deuschle (award winning musician, song writer, performing artist) from Zimbabwe mentored me in my early twenties. I worked with Andrew and Bonnie on a number of albums and productions, performing with them and artists such as Oliver Mtuzukudzi at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, and other events. I was also involved with A-Academy, a talent search competition in Zimbabwe, where I did backing and lead support vocals for Andrew Baird’s supporting band. I moved to Cape Town for my studies in 2009. At His People Baxter, I led worship with an amazing group of musicians and friends. We started jam sessions where we would stay up till all hours of the morning, writing songs. At the beginning of 2015, my boyfriend Joerg, encouraged me to finally record my album. His support made this project possible, and we are now performing at more venues.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Hmmmm…the Queen of Sheba – and I would serve her sushi!! 🙂 & Joan of Arc – braaid meat and pap :-).

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Obviouzly Armchair, Observatory

What excites you about performing?
When I perform, I feel like I’m flying. It takes me to a different place.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
To always soundcheck hours before the time, and never rush the band to perform.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Josie Field and Paige Mac