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PJ POWERS – THANDEKA Biography
PJ Powers is an award winning musical artist with 12 gold discs, four platinum and a gold CD. PJ burst onto the world stage when Nelson Mandela personally asked her to perform “The World in Union” with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the historical 1995 Rugby World Cup Final in Cape Town, South Africa, when the Springboks won. Her version of the song featured in the Academy Award nominated film “Invictus” in 2009. PJs philanthropy also includes collaborating with Vicky Sampson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and M'du Masilela for the music video ‘Flighted’ at the United Nations Assembly in Washington.
PJs unique Afropop style was universally popular in the 1980s and 1990s before the end of apartheid, and when her politics led to a performance ban from the apartheid government her appeal only become stronger across Africa. As a result PJ was named Thandeka (The Loved One) by the people of Soweto when she sang “Jabulani” at the stadium of that same name as a result of her resistance to the white regime. PJ Powers solo 1990s hits include “There is an Answer”, “Jive Pantsula”, “All We Need Is Here in Africa” and “Feel So Strong”.
PJ Powers entered the public eye in the 1980’s as the lead vocalist of Hotline. From 1980 to 1988 the band produced much loved hits such as Jabulani. Hotline became the first crossover band, along with Johnny Clegg and Juluka, who disregarded apartheid regulations and refused to perform at whites-only concerts. Hotline was awarded by SAMRA over a period of eight years Best New Artist, Best Album, Best Singer, Best Single, and Best Song.
PJ Powers has shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Lord Richard Attenborough, Richard E. Grant, Sibongile Khumalo, Fela Kuti, the Mahotella Queens, Salif Keita, Youssou N Dour, Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte and, more recently, with The Cause and Mike and the Mechanics. She has also worked with world famous artists Annie Lennox and Peter Gabriel, during her long career, to mention a few.