Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

sza, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko, Sabrina Claudio, H.E.R,


band members

Temgazi


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Bio

Temgazi (Nokuphiwa Ntshangase) a.k.a Temy, is a singer and songwriter from Sydney Australia. Born in Swaziland, Southern Africa, Temy is of Swazi / South African heritage, her Mother being Swazi / Xhosa background and her father Zulu. Growing up around music on both sides of her family, Temy was introduced to the entertainment industry very early on in life. Her Grandfather (Joseph Shabalala) was the leader and founder of the Grammy award winning ‘Lady Smith Black Mambazo’. Following in these footsteps, Temgazi would spend her early days ‘making up random catchy hooks instead of playing with other kids’. Her cousins would tease the songs but sing along anyway, and still remember some of the songs until this day!
Temy’s early years were spent travelling back and forth from Swaziland to South Africa and moving between both families, before moving to England at age 6 where she lived for five years. Growing up in England, Temy was part of a singing group at school which was inspired by Destiny’s Child and Disney’s ‘The Cheetah Girl’s’. ‘We would perform in the school assembly every month end’. Before that, she was in a group with two of her cousins back home (in Africa) and they would perform for their family church. Temy moved to Australia with her family at age 11, where she now resides.
The song-writer in Temy emerged as soon as she learnt how to write. Temy would scribble songs in her school books instead of doing her school work. Rather than punishing her, the primary school teachers would encourage her to keep going, challenging her on what topics to write about and showing her different styles of writing. Temy won multiple awards in creative writing, poetry and literature through primary and all the way to High School. ‘The teachers were not so happy about me writing song lyrics instead of my actual school work in high school’.
Temy pursued her love for music throughout school and university where she studied music and performance. Whilst working towards her goal to be in a singing group through-out high school, her girl group ‘Adirabelle’ made it to the top 12 on The X Factor Australia! By contract through the show, the group was signed to Sony Music Australia.
Temy parted ways with the group in 2017 and continued to pursue music, but for the first time as a soloist, going on to release her first song ‘Favour’ to Soundcloud in February 2018. The empowering RnB single garnered interest from many music labels and received radio support from the likes of Triple J and FBI radio, Off the back of this, Tommy Boy Records(US) signed her first official single (Bunsen Burner) in October 2018. She then signed with a Management / Artist Development team in late 2018 and played her first major event, the sold out ‘Secret Garden Festival’. Temy will release her second official single ‘Talk That Talk’ in May 2019.
Temgazi is currently releasing a string of singles independently, and working on her ‘visual mixtape’. A project which she has been dreaming up for years, involving some heavy themes and powerful lyrics, a true reflection of herself and humanity - which will be released late 2019.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

30 Aug 2019

Triple J
35

this feels like a flex taster for more to come from temgazi.

this feels like a flex taster for more to come from temgazi.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

20 Jun 2019

Triple J
45

Bringing the fire and the flame, laying it down with an earth-filled soul child ease. Lab equipment never sounded so good.

Bringing the fire and the flame, laying it down with an earth-filled soul child ease. Lab equipment never sounded so good.

Review

Review by Bryce Mills Bryce Mills

09 Jun 2019

Triple J
40

If I ever decide to become a full clickbait YouTuber I'm gonna make one of those 'TRY NOT TO DANCE CHALLENGE (99% FAIL)' videos and you already know this song will feature.

If I ever decide to become a full clickbait YouTuber I'm gonna make one of those 'TRY NOT TO DANCE CHALLENGE (99% FAIL)' videos and you already know this song will feature.