Born in a township in Cape Town, Pumeza was not destined to be a soprano. From South Africa to the London’s Royal College of Music her career path is outstanding and allowed her to perform at some of the most famous Opera houses. At the age of 35, she signed her debut recording album and chose for it a meaningful name: Voice of Hope (Decca). The album is a mix of classical arias (Puccini, Mozart) and South African traditional songs from her childhood. In this video interview, Pumeza talks about all the cultures that make up her identity: her language Xhosa, inherited from the Bushmen, her classical training and the importance of being educated in art. “Curiosity is very important to be creative” says the one that embodies a “Voice of Hope” with eyes that are all sparkles.
Credit: Portrait of Pumeza Matshikiza Decca / © Simon Fowler