Gloria Bosman is a Sowetan-born artist with a list of titles like director, theatre performer, operatically trained African Jazz, House and Soul Singer.
She says that she cannot run away from the Xhosa influences in her life, and the Eastern Cape vibe where her parents originally came from. She adds that she’s had a taste of other classical musicians that sound very South African and Sowetan.
Her first taste in the professional world came after she was approached by Felicia Marion of Joy fame, to fill in for one of the singers in a production called SA Love at the Market Theatre in 1993.
After this production, she was awarded a scholarship by both Nedbank and the Permanent Bank, which enabled her to study opera at the Technikon Pretoria.
Being initiated in theatre is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to a person because that’s where you get your basic training.— Gloria Bosman, operatically trained African Jazz, House and Soul Singer
Bosman says that she’s always felt that going into state theatre would be the obvious thing to do. One needs to find their place where they are comfortable, where they can expand and grow she says.
Don’t be the kind of person who looks for a job because you are going to be in trouble says Bosman. She adds that theatre is like that, people who are in production are producing, directing, writing music and that is the expansion that is there.
Unless you explore these opportunities, you will always think that you are underpaid, but you are underworking as well says the artist.
You’ve got to love it. I think that’s the important thing and everything else follows.— Gloria Bosman, operatically trained African Jazz, House and Soul Singer
Bosman says that she’s always believed that there’s something more for her. I don’t sit around and count the R2’s that I am given because I know that the R5’s are still to come she says.
People believe that Jazz is for pauper’s and it’s slow but believe me, there’s money in Jazz says Bosman.
Bosman has shared the stage with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Molelekwa, Tananas, Sipho Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, James Philips, Victor Masondo and Hugh Masekela.
She also had the honor of singing for both outgoing and incoming presidents Thabo Mbeki (at his Christmas Dinner) and Nelson Mandela (at his 80th birthday Celebrations).
Many have wondered why it has taken Bosman so long to get her name onto her own album. The road she has traveled is as long as that endured by most musicians, but her debut album ‘Tranquility' represents a coming of age for one of jazz’s most talented daughters.
The album was recorded at M2 at the SABC, and was produced and arranged by pianist Paul Hanmer who along with Gloria, was partly responsible for the compositions.
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