Disco diva takes centre stage

Singer Vuvu Kumalo.

Having developed a reputation as “disco diva”, Kraaifonteins’ own Vuvu Kumalo is an opening act at American singer Tevin Campbell’s concert this weekend.

The 31-year-old singer says she is excited to be part of the concert to be held at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, in Goodwood on Saturday July 27.

Originally from Scottsdene, Vuvu says she had not forgotten her “roots” now that she is making strides in the music industry and moved to Buh Rein Estate in Kraaifontein.

“I am proud of my roots, I grew up in Scottsdene, but it is not what it is today. It is a community known to be suffering with high crime rates and poverty, but I will never hide the fact that I was born and bred there.”

While working on cover songs and rehearsing for the concert, she says she has plans to talk at schools, encouraging pupils as a way of giving back to her community.

Vuvu’s talent was discovered at a Kuils River nightclub when she was only 6. The nightclub was owned by her uncle and Sundays were “bring your family day” for a karaoke.

Vuvu won the karaoke and ever since knew she was destined to be a performer.

Vuvu has rocked big stages and worked with music icons such as American R&B singer Sybil.

“It is a difficult scene out there, but if you stick to who you are and what you have learnt, you will make your mark,” she says.