Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha who was born and raised in South Africa, began singing from an early age at school and at her church. She then went on to complete her studies at the University of Cape Town and the Tshwane University of Technology, reports Good Things Guy.
She journeyed to London where she became member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2019/20 season at the Royal Opera House.
The 27-year-old Rangwanasha won the Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2021, and left a lasting impression on the judging panel. In fact, Wigmore Hall’s artistic and executive director John Gilhooly said that “Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha performed with such assured technique and emotional power that the jury was unanimous in naming her the winner,” as mentioned by BBC.
BBC confirmed that she claimed many prestigious awards during her singing including the Audience Prize, two special prizes in the 2019 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the UNISA Competition, First Prize in the Phillip H Moore Music Competition, and first Prize and Best South African Song (final 2017, semi-final 2018) in the ATKV Singing Competition.
Her voice has reached many on a global level and as South Africans, we share in her joy and achievement.
Here is a video of one of her amazing performances at the Royal Opera House:
Picture: Twitter / The Royal Opera House