Take the Stage Series provide a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent, emerging artist for a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
Babalwa Mentjies is an accomplished young Jazz Singer, Currently residing in Khayelitsha Cape Town. She is a polished songwriter and a great vocalist/entertainer, a University of Kwazulu Natal school of Music graduate, and also holds PG Dip in Marketing Management. She is currently a Music Educator/ Project Administrator at IMAD Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development, Khayelitsha.
Babalwa has performed at varies venues and occasions such as, the National Heritage Council and the Embassy of South Africa in Athens at their annual Heritage Arts Festival, the Mainstream Jazz- National Arts Festival held in Grahams Town which she performed alongside the likes of Gloria Bosman, Melanie Scholtz, Tutu Poane, Nomfundo Xaluva.
In 2015 & 2017 she performed at the Cape Town Convention Centre Festival with Bongani Sotshononda’s Marimba band. Babalwa is currently performing with great George Werner: Founder of IMAD & IMAD teacher’s band, Afro Fiesta, Governor Tiggy Tafari Jamaica, Roots Rockers and others. Recently shared the stage with her all-time favourite Jazz Legend “Gloria Bosman at a Women’s Day Celebration Concert.