From singing in church to captivating audiences of popular stages in Pretoria, under Black Labone events and collaborating with emerging talents like Daano, Drizzy Sam, and Sage, Puntsa—also recognized as “the girl with the golden voice”—is making significant strides towards becoming Mzansi’s musical sensation. We had the opportunity to sit down with her, delving into her plans for 2024 and discovering what she eagerly anticipates this year.
What first got you into music?
I grew up in a music-loving family. My brother, Kgomotso, formed a band called ‘Yahah’ with his friends during my primary school years, sparking my passion for music. Additionally, actively participating in church activities and being a member of the church choir played a significant role in uncovering and nurturing my musical talent.
Who inspired you to pursue a music career?
From a young age, my mother and brother nurtured my talent, and when I expressed my desire to pursue a music career, they weren’t surprised. Their unwavering support has been a constant throughout my journey, regarding decisions and my chosen career path.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
My music sound gravitaties towards the blues and melancholy, I find it to be more soothing, adds a layer of meaning and depth to my music.
What is your creative process like?
I engage in consistent journaling throughout the year and when I’m in the studio, I communicate my emotions to my producer, who then guides the creation of the ambiance. From there, melodies emerge, and these musical notes eventually weave into the words I’ve carefully documented in my journal.
Who would you most like to collaborate with locally?
I have a deep admiration for many artists but from the top of my head, I would love to collaborate with a lot of people but from the top of my head Manana, Kabza De Small, Kelvin Momo and Msaki.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
If I were not pursuing a career in music, I could envision myself working as a social worker or in a role dedicated to community service, particularly focusing on the black townships in South Africa and working with children.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has made the music industry incredibly competitive and significantly challenging, with constant pressure to generate “content” for visibility even when one is not feeling up to it. However, I appreciate how this environment has opened up access to my music and allowed me to showcase my craft to a broader audience.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Which famous musicians do you admire?
I admire Adele.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Never give up, because great things take time.”
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would change the trend-chasing dynamic in the music industry. Often, when a particular style or genre becomes popular, it dominates the scene, leaving little room for diversity. I wish for a more inclusive environment that accommodates all styles and genres, catering to their respective audiences and fostering a richer musical landscape.
What are you hoping to achieve in 2024
I hope to achieve more in my music career, securing additional gigs and financial success. Additionally, I’m looking forward to seeing my other creative projects through to completion.
Where can people find you
- Tiktok: @puuntsa
- Instgaram: @puntsa_