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21/06/2018 11:33 SAST | Updated 21/06/2018 11:33 SAST

Up-And-Coming Musician Zethe: 'I Am Not Going To Disappear'

Zethe performed songs from her EP at its launch on Wednesday, as well as some Thandiswa Mazwai covers – an artist she would like to work with one day.

Zethembiso Mdletshe — aka Zethe — launched her first EP, "Qhawekazi" at The Orbit in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. The singer won the Vodacom NXT LVL competition last year, and is ready to take the industry by storm.

She's not naive about the usual lifespan of reality-show winners once they hit the real music world, though.

"It's always like: 'You won, bye!'" she said after her performance. "That was the one conscious decision I made when I won — that I am not going to disappear."

Her set at the launch included songs from her EP, but she also covered one of her favourite musicians — Thandiswa Mazwai — with whom she says she would like to work one day.

Her vocal range wowed the audience, who sang the lyrics to some of the songs they knew at the jazz venue.

The singer from KwaZulu-Natal attributes her success to her mother, who was the one who "saw a vision" and "pushed [her] when she was younger".

"You know like how black families are; you know the arts and doing it full-time as a career is just like, 'Wow, babes, what is going to happen now?' I think she saw something behind this," she said.

Although most of the music on the EP is Afrosoul, Zethe will also be releasing a house track soon.

"You need to open yourself up," she said.