Founder, Leader Singer and Flutist
Founder and band leader Mabatho Masopha was born into a musical family in Soweto. She started playing the flute at an early age, her earliest performance being in her local church. After high school she went to Music College to complete a Music Diploma and later performed in the UK with her College Band. It was in the UK where she recognised the unique quality of an all-female band, and decided that this was something she wanted to take home with her. Back in SA, she worked with a number of bands before becoming fully involved with, and leading Basadi Women of Jazz.
Percussionist and Backing Vocals
Mabatho's elder sister Dineo studied singing with Marema Raseliso and also later drums and percussion. She received a bursary to study voice training and also attended various African Drum workshop and received lessons from private tutors. The inspiration of sister Mabatho lead to her becoming the percussionist in Basadi Women of Jazz.
Bassist and Backing Vocals
Originally from Durban, Sibongile's passion has always been playing the bass guitar. After playing in church and a number of local bands, she auditioned for Basadi Women of Jazz and never looked back!
Pianist and Backing Vocals
Born and raised in Gauteng, Phuti started piano lessons at the age of seven. After studying at the National School of Arts one of her piano teachers suggested auditioning for Basadi Women of Jazz, after which she became a permanent member of the band.
Drummer and Backing Vocals
In the band’s extensive experience, three members of the band passed away: Nomadlozi Spies Bassist, Vangeli Dlamini - the only male member that ever worked in the band and Pianist, Thembi Mtshali.
Standby and Former Members: Fran Hilton Smith, Lilly Molea, Emily Molatedi, Bonnie Stark, Busi Sibisi , Portia Sibiya and Nozipho Mguni.