Miss Xoli, real name Xolisiwe Mgwenya, was born and raised in Kabokweni, Nelspruit. A young, vibrant and self driven vocalist who believes that music is the only way to bring people together in harmony, Xoli is also a 3rd year law student at the University of Limpopo who’s SET to take the house industry by storm one beat at a time.
By: Palesa Magoro
How long have you been in the industry?
Since 2012, we've been doing music on the backyards Ekasi with my team. Although we had little information about how the industry works, we kept on pushing. We’ve performed at local events (graduations, weddings, parties) and the love for music has been essential throughout.
We are inspired by new and home brewed talent and your song with DJ West has kept us on our feet. Other than being a vocalist, what else do you do?
My plan is reach the top by producing and being a DJ. I've been taking lessons on how to DJ and so far it has been coming alright. I think amongst the few recognized female DJs in the South African House Industry, I would like to be added to the likes of DJ Zinhle and DJ Cindo.
Has singing always been a huge part of your life?
Yes, I started singing since I was a little girl, mostly in church. I would spend hours and hours behind the mic. I used to perform in every little event in my home town, which has helped in grooming my sphere of singing.
What do you think about South Africa in terms of House Music?
House music in SA has grown to a much higher level than before. It has its way of bringing people together irrespective of which part of the country they come from. It’s our responsibility to make our music heard.
Are female DJs, producers and singers given enough credit in the industry?
So far, women in the industry are not given enough credit. Women often find themselves at a distinct disadvantage, facing judgment based on their gender. Focus is given on their appearance and less credit is given to their crafts.
Do you think we can use music to communicate social issues including those affecting the issue of fees in our universities?
Yes, music is a form of communication which express the views or opinions of different people in one voice. I believe it is a good platform to communicate issues regarding the #feesmustfall movement.
Which genres do you feel most confident in?
Commercial house, deep house and afro-pop. Hopefully you will hear one of my songs on afro pop very soon.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
There is still a long way to go, but my focus is to promote my two singles and make them known in the South African market. For long term goals, working with Black Coffee, Black Motion and other house music legends would be a lifetime achievement.
Listen to Miss Xoli’s song here:
Miss Xoli- Themba lami
Find Miss Xoli on social media:
Facebook: Miss Xolly