Mpho's career as a singer started in church as a young child. Her interest grew in terms of music and dance by joining Intsikane Marimba Band in 1983. They played and performed in and around Cape Town, where she was spotted by Ringo Madlingozi of Peto. They won the shell 'Road to Fame' in 1986. This made the group to relocate and settle in Johannesburg.
In Johannesburg she met lots of Artists and Musicians some of whom she ended up working with, like Coyote, Pongolo, the late Jito Baloyi, and Thembi Mtshali.
In 1990 Mpho decided to hit the road and come back home to Cape Town. At home she started working with local Bands like Tshisa Band, Ilanga Band with Mlungisi Gegana and Thandanani Band led by Blackie Tempie.
In 1993 she met David Shuping, a pianist and Band Leader. They teamed up together to form their own project called Mpho and Friends, which had only three members. Mpho and David felt that the project needed a more expansive sound. Their vision was to have a sound that is unique with the rich texture of traditional and as well as afro fusion elements in it. Mpho and Uvimba came into existence and grew into an 8 piece band.
Mpho and Uvimba have performed in and around Cape Town, in various Festivals: Concert in the Park , Jazzathon, the North Sea Jazz Festival (Cape Town International Festival), Portnet Festival in George and also in Johannesburg at Vosloorus umcimbi we Viceroy. The Band do lots of Private and Government Functions.
In 1998 a Danish radio station came to South Africa to record local Artist in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Were the best group out of all the groups they recorded and 25 copies of the recordings which were given to us. The music was not for commercial purposes.
In 1999 we recorded a CD under the title Images of Africa volume 3 which was a compilation and targeted tourists.
In 2002 the Band won the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters competition in the African category in the Western Cape region.
Mpho and Uvimba were honored with an invitation to tour Japan (Tokyo, Hammmamatsu and Takamatsu) with world renowned saxophonist and sopranino Sadao Watanabe in 2004. We received standing ovations The Ambassador honoured us with another invitation in 2005 to come and perform at the World Expo in Nagoya, Aichi Japan. Mpho and Uvimba performed at the 10th Anniversary of South African Democracy in The Netherlands by invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2004.
At the beginning of 2006 Mpho was invited by the First lady Mrs Mbeki to perform for a women's organization in Boksburg at a private function in Birchwood Hotel and also at the opening of Parliament for the Minister's spouses.
Mpho Motheane-Shuping with her new Band has recently toured the Carribean (Dominican Republic) and Cuba and performed in theatres and clubs to standing ovations. The tour took place between the 17th and 30th April 2006. Mpho has also performed in London on the 30th of May 2006 in Trafalgar square at the South Africa house along side Yvonne Chaka Chaka.Download Mpho's biography
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