THE energy and charisma she portrays on stage especially her recent performance at the just ended Harare International Festival Of the Arts (Hifa), is a clear sign that the Cape Town-based songstress Mae Sithole was groomed and nurtured by one of the best mentors in the game.
The mentor is none other than mbira goddess, the late Chiwoniso Maraire. To Mae the memories she created while she was enrolled at Childrena��s Performing Arts Workshop (Chipawo) at a tender age of nine with Chiwoniso grooming her to become a vocalist, are still fresh in her mind.
a�?I am what I am today because of the late Chiwoniso, I give credit to her because she groomed me to be confident with my voice and present myself well in front ofA� people. Ita��s my first time to perform in Zimbabwe since I became a solo artiste. I wish my mentor was here to witness the gem she groomed me to be,a�? revealed Mae.
Born in a family with music DNA starting from her uncle the late legendary guitarist Jonah Sithole, her brother Jonah who is the 2007 CBZ A-Academy winner and her younger sister Sam who is part of her band, Mae believes her family played a pivotal role as they supported her from the early stages of her career.
However, as she entered the SuperStar competition and made it to Top 20, Mae doesna��t want to be compared to Jonah not because he is family but because she accepts Jonah is more passionate about music than herself.
a�?My brother is one of the most dedicated and passionate musicians that I know. He studied music and sound engineering and has collaborated with some of the best musicians globally, I cana��t be compared with him because I know he lives and breathes music more than myself,a�? said Mae.
As the Pan African Afro fusion singer has at least fulfilled her dream to perform in her motherland at Hifa, she promised her local fans that she will make a special date for them later this year where she will be launching her upcoming album.
a�?I have two albums under my name which are First Glance released in 2015 and Visions released last year. Currently I am recording my third studio album which I believe will be released later this year. I will make an official launch in the country to honour fans and where my roots are,a�? she said.
Mae was born in Bulawayo, her family moved to Harare when she was young, she lived in different countries in the world which exposed her to different cultures which inspires her type of music.
Besides performing in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Mae has toured the world performing in countries like France, England, Ethiopia, United States of America, to mention a few.