Jessica Mbangeni is a South African Imbongi (praise poet), singer and businesswoman known for her performances at high-profile events such as the 46664 concert in Cape Town and the inauguration of Thabo Mbeki as South African president.
Mbangeni has worked with the multi-Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir and shared the stage with great artists such as Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Angelique Kidjo and Beyonce. She credits music maestro, Sibongile Khumalo for her first big break when she had the opportunity to sing backing vocals in the 10 Years of Freedom Celebration at the Union Buildings.
Her awards include Best Female Album and Best isiXhosa Album at the 2012 Imbokodo Awards for Preservation of Indigenous Languages. In 2013 Mbangeni exhibited her album iGoli at Womex Cardiff, Wales. She has also had the privilege of showcasing her work at the 2014 Afrika Festival Wuzburg as well as CMJ Festival, held in New York.
Some of her career highlights include clinching a deal with the US-based artist, Papa Susso and her song Africa-Tribute to Mandela being used during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup in Cape Town.
- Best Creative Album of the Year