Lungiswa Plaatjies

Lungiswa ArtistLungiswa Plaatjies was born in 1973 in Cape Town, Langa Location where her grandfather was the traditional healer. It was he who encouraged her to develop her talents, teaching her to sing and dance. Music was an integral part of her childhood and family life. At the tender age of seven she joined her uncle Dizu's famous group Amampondo, giving her invaluable musical inspiration and experience. With them she recorded their first album at the age of ten called 'Uyandibza' which soon became a big seller all over the world. Whilst she was attending school she became a member of both the school and the church choir, which she attended with her grandfather while the group was on tour. 


  1. Ekhaya

After a long break with the group, she happened to be in Johannesburg where she became interested in the traditional songs of different tribes, mixing Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho. "This was quite fun for me because I grew up listening to African music. My favourite artists are Letta Mbuli, Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita and Fela Kuti." Then Lungiswa took a music course, firstly in Johannesburg for two years, then in Cape Town, in the same school that Simpiwe Matole and her uncle Dizu Plaatjies were attending. It was here that she began to mix with people from different races during the apartheid regime. Lungiswa later returned to Johannesburg and teamed up with two ladies to sing her own material. Then "a blessing came through". She met up with some of the best musicians in South Africa at the 'We Have to Mix' concert at the Baxter Theatre in 1993. It was there that she met with Robert Trunz. Entranced by her voice, he offered her an album deal on the spot. "Thanks to him for being so open-minded, encouraging, and believing in me. God bless him for making this dream come true." It was through his encouragement and vision that she was able to collaborate with the luminous artists from as far apart as Switzerland, France and of course South Africa on the M.E.L.T.2000 label. This connection also led to her meeting the producer of her album Tony Thorpe, whilst singing at the baptism of Robert's son Nico. Her message to him is simply, "Thankyou my brother, I hope we can do it for the second time!" Lunigswa has been a part of many M.E.L.T.2000 projects and is an invaluable artist. With Amampondo she has recorded many superb tracks- including those on the award winning album 'Drums For Tomorrow' and "Vuyani". She has also recorded traditional vocals for projects such as Madosini, tracks for the maskanda band Skeleton and added her exceptional voice to the Swiss guitarist Max LasserĀ¹s album 'Between'. Lungiswa joined the 'Between' tour. Lungiswa became an important contributor to the Madamax album - the unique collaboration between Max and the intensely spiritual South African musician Madala Kunene.  Lungiswa Plaatjies is the first ever South African artist to attract the attention of producers Tony Thorpe, Language label owner and correspondingly her album reflects her outstanding voice. On her debut albumproduced by Tony, she says "Thanks to everyone who was involved in this project. Thanks to Amampondo because, without you guys, I really don't know ... The album 'Ekhaya'(BW2016) is simply sensational and eclectic. It includes the original and wonderful reworks of the South African National Anthem and a version of Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues' with her own lyrics in the Xhosa tongue. Since her debut album for MELT she has recorded a further two albums produced and released by Don Laka. Lungiswa gathered in Switzerland with Max Laesser, Madala Kunene and Bernard Sibusiso Mndaweni for the recording of the second album by Madamax called Bafo released in October 2005.