Mandisa “The Pearl” Mathebula (33) is a songwriter, singer, vocalist and fashion designer whose musical style is inspired by RnB and Jazz. “My style is new and fresh, consisting of much Rhythm and Blues. That’s because I love to write music that connects with people, especially love songs,” she told the Village Voice News.
The Pearl hails from Bethal in the Mpumalanga Province and she aims to brighten up entry of artists coming from the province. She studied fashion design at both Central Johannesburg College and Sew Afrika College.
When asked about barriers and opportunities facing female artists in the music scene The Pearl said female artists must stay focused and believe in themselves.
“Yes challenges are there. Some men are interested in one’s body rather than listening to music and appreciating talent. However, staying focused and believing in yourself as a female artist gives one an edge to overcome such challenges,’’ she said.
Her talent found her a spot as a Session Artist on eTV soapie, Rhythm City. “I was a Session Artist on Rhythm City. I sang a lot of songs and worked closely with the soapie’s Music Director as well as some of the other talent on the soapie at the time,” she added.
The Pearl is currently in studio working on her upcoming debut album only scheduled for early next year (2018).
She has previously worked with famous and respected musicians in the genre of RnB and Afrosoul. She worked with musicians such as Donald and Malik respectively.
Her work is produced by Ningi Poro, Loyiso Ngcala and Bongs Bongane Mbatha.
“I’m inspired by my daughter hence I’d love to see myself doing music getting the opportunity to travel the continent and overseas with my daughter, selling shows,” she told the Village Voice News.
She has shared the stage with artists such as Labella Dani and Joel Zuma.
“I’m a loving person who loves music, life, God and my daughter,” she concluded.