Phumelele MzimelaPhumelele Mzimela is a Johannesburg based musician vocalist and composer. A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, her work comprises of a number of film scores including contributions to the films Umdlalo Wemplilo, and Emshadweni Kuyabekezelwa. In addition to composing the score, she also wrote and directed the film Hawe Ma! which was broadcast on Mzansi Magic. Phumelele’s musical prowess extends to the stage as well where she is frontwoman and bandleader of Phumelele and the Light. The ensemble has performed on notable stages such as The Orbit in Braamfontein.

A passionate educator she has been a guest on various song writing panels hosted by DownTown Music Hub as well as teaching music at various schools. Phumelele is also pursuing her Master of Music degree at Wits University. In 2019 she presented a paper at the Es’kia Mphahlele Colloquium.