Thembi burst onto the scene with Boom Shaka back in the 90s and went through a bit of a precarious patch after the group broke up, as Lebo Mathosa pursued her solo career. To many people, it seems, Lebo was the star player to bet on, perhaps due to her essentially being the face of the group, but once Thembi got her footing she rose and grew in leaps and bounds. From acting to brand endorsements and music, she continues to dominate the tasks she undertakes, and she looks better and better with every appearance, might we add, whether it's on Instagram or a magazine cover.
Rea caught a moment with Thembi backstage and they have a brief but brilliant chat around entertainment, entitlement and longevity.
Speaking on how many people seem to be famous with nothing to show for it in terms of monetary gain, Thembi stated "Sometimes di challenges tsa rona, we have no one to blame but ourselves. I'm from that and I'm still from that, but I push myself. This world is huge and God has created so many opportunities. Let's push harder..."
She went on to add "Nobody owes you anything. When I push hard, when I work hard, something happens," as she teared up. "Find your way."
She also added that the Government could do it's part as well to help people, especially artists, a bit more. "We need support. Funeral cover, medical aid, specifically tailored for us because we work. We entertain you guys, as artists!"
On how she's managed to stay so long in the game, she said the key to her longevity is adaptation - "Never stop learning. I believe in young people because someone believed in me once. I celebrate young people because someone celebrated me... When you start to put that energy off and put yourself in that frame, it rubs off." And to think all these gems were dropped in 2 minutes!