Birdie, formerly known as Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni is a Singer/Songwriter and a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, with her research focus being the contemporary human-environment interactions in protected areas in post-apartheid South Africa.
She has also joined a new breed of soul musicians that are putting their own modern take on the classic sound, and doing it justice. Her voice evokes raw, organic emotion that penetrates deep into your heart and makes you feel some type of way, however you want to define the feeling. She is definitely the latest edition to what already is a highly competitve music scene but has fast claimed her space. This petite singer has worked diligently to carve a path that ensures that she too has a place in the music industry.
Birdie has long carved her niche as a performing artist having serenaded audiences in the Middle East (Qatar and Dubai) where she took up artist residence playing with a jazz band featuring some of South Africa’s great musicians.
No stranger to the stage, she has performed at international events such as at COP17 as well as at the Earth Fest in Zambia, including a string of local concerts including the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Fringe programme where she gave a stellar performance and receiving great reviews for her soulful offering.
Spotted at the Born to Sing Showcase by the label’s founder and owner, award-winning producer, Sipho Sithole aka Malambule, Tribute has recorded an album that teaches us that music recognises no barriers and can penetrate the hardest of hearts and unwrap the most hidden emotions. In her own words, Tribute testifies that she ‘found joy not in finishing the album but in the activity that went into crafting and recording it, which proved that the ultimate measure of success is the actual journey and not the destination”.
Her music expresses deep feelings and is profoundly emotional, jazzy, ethno and yet so soulful.