WORSHIPER | ARTIST
"I KNOW WHO I AM"
1 PETER 2:9
Biography - Swazi
Born in 1979 in the Durban township of KwaMashu, Swazi grew up surrounded by music, in particular, gospel music. Raised by parents who were musicians themselves, there was no way that Swazi would escape her music destiny.
Leaving home headed for the city of gold at the tender age of 18 after being accepted by then emerging group and now no1 gospel Choir in South Africa, Joyous Celebration, Swazi has been on her path of destiny since that audition in for the ensemble in 1998.
Fast forward to 2003 when Swazi released her Debut album “My First Love” which was unexpectedly South African Contemporary Jazz. This undoubtedly caused an upset with her clout of gospel fans gained through Joyous Celebration. However the singer, explains that she in fact draws from both gospel and jazz sounds owing to her late father Emmanuel Dlamini who would play both these genres in the house. As such Swazi grew up hearing the likes of George Benson, Al Jerraux Letta Mbulu, Busi Mhlongo alongside The Clark Sisters, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and a host of American gospel choirs. This distinctly influenced her sound of music and delivery of her performances.
In 2006 she released her sophomore album Dance with me, followed by “Gospel Meets Jazz” live CD and DVD in 2010 of which the CD was awarded Best Jazz for Crown Gospel Music Awards. 2012 Swazi Dlamini released the first part of her Full Circle Series with the “Soul of me” album which saw her collaborating with songwriters like Kabomo Vilakazi and Njabulo Seh Nene, which was squealed in 2013 when she released “The Gospel Truth” CD both these albums were part of her celebrating 10 years as a solo artist by released both styles of music 6 months apart to thank both sides of her fans for her music Journey.
Swazi’s musical turnaround came in 2016 when she joined Major1 Recordz, for the first time in her career of music Swazi went Gold with her Worship Enlightened album which sold in excess of 15 000 units by 2017. She says “this is a milestone for me, because even with the awards ad popularity of my Music, I had never enjoyed notable CD sales until Worship Enlightened and Major1 Recordz”
And the Gospel Minister just keeps winning, in 2017 she released the “Alabaster” a Crown award winning and SAMA nominated offering that features the likes of Judith Sephuma, Onesimus Muzik, Victor Masondo, Innocent Mumba, what she calls ‘My best offering yet” The DVD was hot on 3 different stages in 1 night and the open air settings give you a feeling of worship under open heavens.
Swazi is also branching out into clothing trough her apparel inspired by her songs with Alabaster, Ephphata, I know who I am range. She also is extending it to a line of clothing that women can feel elegant and classy in when they go to church. When your destiny is great God keeps enlarging and expanding your territory.