By Tumiso Setladi
Backing Vocalist Thobile Mnguni (23) from Soshanguve, Gauteng, is among the few musicians who are not in a rush to begin their solo careers. Thobile is a full time musician who does not see herself doing anything else other than music. From the time she realised that she had a special gift, she knew that singing was something she was destined to do for the rest of her life.
“I really don’t see myself doing anything else but music, I don’t think there is anything else I can do beside music,” Thobile said.
Just like many other musicians Thobile realised her gift at church. Thobile says that she believes in her gift because it has boosted her confidence drastically and it has allowed her to grow musically and she is truly grateful for all the platforms her gift has allowed her access to and the ones she is still about to grace.
Thobile has worked with a lot of artists that have helped to shape and mould her into the singer she is today and they include Tebs David, Taki Ndou, Zodwa Mahlangu, Jonas Masutla and Mandla Ntlaks to name a few.
Thobile would like to work with Brenda Mtambo, a well-established singer, who also started her singing career as a backing vocalist for Lira, an afro soul singer. Thobile goes on to say that the thrill of working with different artists motivates her to keep going. Unlike other artists, Thobile does not complain about the money she receives from being a backing vocalist because she is driven by passion. She says that she values the importance of what she does and also believes that backing vocalists play an important role in the production of music.
“I am an alto vocalist, a very good one in fact and I am confidently saying that,” Thobile says.
For Thobile, it is about being part of any musical experience or movement and if being a backing vocalist allows her that freedom and experience, she will do exactly that. Thobile and two other backing vocalists will be showcasing their singing abilities during this year’s Tshwane Gospel Music Fraternal, widely known As TGMF.
“TGMF will be happening on the 29th of April and I will be one of the BVs, we are only three and we are backing 15 artists. Each artist will sing two songs so we are currently rehearsing and working very hard at it,” she explained.
Thobile says that she is inspired by her mom, Themba Ntuli and Nathi. She says that her family inspires her in how they have managed to link their roles in life with God, something she has taken to do for herself as well.
To find out what Thobile is up to, you can follow her on Facebook: Thobile Tobby Mnguni, Instagram: @tobbyangelah