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Thee Legacy is a distinctly South African contemporary Isicathamiya acappella group. They rose to stardom as a result of winning the inaugural Sing Off South Africa 2015[1] a cappella music competition, which aired on SABC 1[2] and earned them a recording deal with Sony Music Entertainment Africa. Thee Legacy comprises Jabulani Mthembu, Khanyisani Mazibuko, Philani Duma, Emille Ngcobo and Simphiwe Sikhakhane who all hail from the INK area (Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu) in KwaZulu Natal.

South african acappella group
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Thee Legacy
Origin KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Genres Isicathamiya
Years active 2015 (2015)–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment Africa
Members
  • Jabulani Mthembu
  • Khanyisani Mazibuko
  • Philani Duma
  • Emille Ngcobo
  • Simphiwe Sikhakhane

Thee Legacy were nominated at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards in the Best Remix category for radio charting singles “Wena Wedwa” (MusicCraftMAN Mix) and “S’thandwa Sami” (Mr Kamera Remix); making them the only artists to receive more than one nomination in the same MMA16 category this year. Thee Legacy’s Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix) is also featured as a soundtrack to the latest Simba Mapha TVC.

Their self-titled debut album was released in October 2016.

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Thee Legacy was started by Jabulani Mthembu (group leader) with the help of his brother in 2009. When the group started in 2009 it was called Young Mbazo, as some of the members in the group are related to Ladysmith Black Mambazo; namely Jabulani Mthembu whose grandfather, Russel Mthembu, is part of Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Khanyisani Mazibuko whose father, Albert Mazibuko, is also a member of Lady Smith Black Mambazo.

Before entering The Sing Off South Africa competition in 2015 the group consisted of more than five members. Due to the competition requirements they had to remove some members, as the competition required a maximum of five members.[3] Jabulani Mthembu decided to eventually change the name because he didn’t want it to look like they were just following in their grandparents’ footsteps, that they would be under their shadow; and so The Legacy was born which developed into Thee Legacy after winning the inaugural Sing Off South Africa competition.

Having released the self-titled debut album Thee Legacy, the group released the single “Wena Wedwa”, a follow up to their debut “Sthandwa Sami” single which made them the inaugural winners of The Sing Off South Africa 2015. In 2016 the group partnered with Victory “Vix” Chauke from MusicCraftsMan to create the remix of “Wena Wedwa” which has an R&B and Afro Beat sound. The song led to the group’s collaboration with the South African heritage brand, Simba, as they provided the soundtrack to the latest Simba Mapha TVC, as Simba celebrated its 60-year anniversary.

  • 2016: Received two Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) nominations both in the category for Best Remix for hit singles Wena Wedwa[4] (MusicCraftMAN Mix) and S’thandwa Sami (Mr Kamera Remix); making them the only artists to receive more than one nomination in the same category at MMA16
  • 2016: Their single Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix) was selected as the soundtrack to the latest Simba Mapha TVC [5]
  • 2016: Their single Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix) peaked at #8 on the RAMS Top 100 Chart
  • 2016: Their single Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix) peaked at #1 on the Ukhozi Top 20 Chart
  • 2016: Selected as the New Artist Spotlight by Apple Music
  • 2016: Their music was selected for inclusion on the soundtrack to local film Wonder Boy produced by Kagiso Lediga
  • 2016: Featured on the Afro Café Heritage Day special on SABC 2
  • 2016: Released their debut self-titled album, Thee Legacy[6]
  • 2015: Signed to Sony Music Entertainment Africa
  • 2015: Inaugural winners of The Sing Off South Africa
  • 2017: Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) Best Remix – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)
  • 2017: Metro FM Music Award (MMA16) Best Remix – S’thandwa Sami (Mr Kamera Remix)

Studio album

  • Thee Legacy (2016)
  1. “Sing Of South Africa 2015 Winners”. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. “SABC 1”. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. “Thee Legacy”. Bimba. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. “Metro FM Music Awards: Full list of nominees”. Channel. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  5. “Thee Legacy provide sound track latest simba mapha”. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. “South Africa listen rising Durban based acacapella group”. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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