Tshegofatso Mhlongo – or Eli Zaelo, as she’s known on stage – is a multilingual singer who performs in English, Mandarin and isiZulu. Her vocal talent has taken her around the world to study at Trinity College London, as well as in the vocal performance department at the Los Angeles College of Music. Mhlongo currently resides in Hong Kong, where she operates as an independent performer. After releasing only two singles, she garnered notable press attention, featuring in the South China Morning Post, BBC, France 24, SABC Morning Live, Pretoria News and Cape Talk, among other platforms. The BBC noted that she is the first black woman to release music in Mandarin, an achievement Mhlongo is understandably proud of. Although much of her work may be in the language of another land, Mhlongo encapsulates that most South African spirit of ubuntu, sharing the common humanity between continents through art.
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