Limpopo-born musician and actress, Candy Tsa Mandebele spoke on her being labelled a “one hit wonder” and the way she has faced the difficulty of tribalism in her 27-year career but she has learnt to forgive but not forget.
The star, who recently joined the cast of popular SABC1 educational soapie Skeem Saam became popular among South Africans for gracefully donning her traditional attire and singing in her language of Khelobedu.
However, the star revealed that she had witnessed the scourge of tribalism first-hand.
“I have experienced it in my music career. I went through that in 2009 and 2010, round the time of the planet cup. it's here, it's alive in SA. My fans stood by me and therefore the one that criticised me later apologised for his comments.”
“You need to forgive, albeit you don’t forget, but it's still there within the music industry.”
She said that negative comments about her culture or talent didn't faze her because she was confident in herself.
“I skills to affect that. i'm confident in my music. If my music is sweet , it'll be played. If it's not good then don’t play it, but someone will catch on. i'm comfortable with it. I respect everyone and that i feel i buy that respect back.
“Artists that come from Limpopo are well-groomed. I desire we are respected and appreciated. Doors are opening up for us and other people enjoy our shows, our music. check out Master KG, Sho Madjozi, Makhadzi, they're all international.
Candy has also found international fame together with her music but admits that there are still some who believe that she is nothing quite a one-hit wonder.
“I are within the industry for over 27 years, yet one or two people still think i'm a one-hit wonder. There was even a tweet about it recently. I just sat back and wondered ‘where have you ever been? I even have been releasing music and other people love my music’. I understand that the person may haven't heard of my music but I even have been making hit after hit since I broke into this industry.”
In addition to music, Candy has also slayed TV screens because the village shebeen queen Mhani Dayina on Giyani: Land of Blood.
It was recently announced that she would play the role of Bafedile on Skeem Saam, a feisty 50-year-old woman who returns to Turfloop after fleeing an abusive marriage over a decade ago.
Candy said that while her music career remains thriving, with a replacement recently-released single titled Tsonga Boy, she is humbled to be furthering her acting career.
“I am so excited to be joining the show. It means everything to me. it's one among the foremost popular shows within the country, but quite that it's educational. i'm really so honoured to be playing a task like this, especially because we've such a lot in common.”